Food and grocery firms urged to reduce waste

Published on Friday, 19 November 2010 15:54
Posted by Scott Buckler

The levels of waste produced throughout the supply chains of grocery retailers and food manufacturers in the UK should be reduced, it has been claimed


According to research by IGD, consumers increasingly want volumes of rubbish lowered, with 29 per cent of respondents to a poll believing doing so should be a priority for the sector.

The report has been released as 33 IGD members announced a commitment to reducing levels of waste by 75,000 tonnes by the end of 2012.

Under the voluntary pledge by manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers and foodservice operators to green supply chains, 150,000 tonnes of rubbish will also be diverted from areas such as landfill into more productive activities, including anaerobic digestion.

IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch said: "The industry is now strengthening further its emphasis on supply chain waste prevention."

The Waste and Resources Action Programme recently hosted a conference with 200 delegates, highlighting efforts being made to improve resource efficiency in the UK.



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