The amount of food, drink and packaging waste being sent to landfill by manufacturers has take a sharp downturn in 2012-13, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
In a new report published this week – titled the Members’ Waste Survey – the FDF’s ket message was one of impressive progress, announcing only 3% of food and packaging waste was sent to landfill during 2012 – a huge dip in proportion to the previous benchmark of 16.5%, which was set in 2006.
FDF director of sustainability Andrew Kuyk said: “These latest findings highlight that FDF members are close to achieving our zero food and packaging waste target by 2015 by ingraining good environmental practices to deliver a more resilient and resource efficient supply chain.”
Published jointly with WRAP – the Waste and Resources Action Programme – the FDF Members’ Waste Survey estimated the concerted effort of manufacturers diverted or prevented 250,000 tonnes of food waste from being landfilled by redistributing it.
One of the key uses was supplying it as animal feed, according to the report.
However, food was recycling also proved popular, with a massive jump of 28% of all waste handled this way, being sent as feedstock to projects like anaerobic digesters.
WRAP’s head of food and drink Andy Dawe said: “We are delighted to see these latest results which show good progress from the industry. With waste to landfill now so low, businesses should grasp the opportunity to focus on the greater financial savings achievable through focussing on waste prevention.”
The report was based on responses from 84 sites which gave full information on waste management and collectively accounted for over 138,000 tonnes, with a mere 4,200 tonnes (around 3%) sent to landfill.