Retailers tackle waste

8th November 2012


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UK retailers and food manufacturers that signed up to a voluntary agreement to reduce food and packaging waste have already exceeded some of its targets, WRAP has confirmed

The 53 signatories to the second phase of the Courtauld Commitment agreed to cut food and packaging waste generated in their supply chains by 5% between 2009 and 2012.

By the end of 2011 they had already cut waste by 8.8%, says WRAP. The firms, which include Boots, Innocent Drinks and Waitrose, had also cut total packaging waste for groceries by 8.2% against their 10% 2012 target.

The news came as 19 of the 20 members of the EU’s retail forum, pledged to cut food waste by running campaigns to raise consumer awareness of how they can prevent waste.

Meanwhile, in the UK, the number of hospitality firms committing to a new WRAP initiative to cut food and packaging waste by 5% by 2015 has risen to more than 100 in just three months.

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