UK grocery industry improves supply chain waste management

19 October 2012

Posted by Satvir Bhullar

Gains have been made in terms of waste management within the UK's grocery sector's supply chains, it has been reported.

According to organization WRAP, food packaging waste was driven down by 8.8 per cent last year, considerably higher than a five per cent target over three years.

The body has published the latest results of the Courtauld Commitment Phase 2, which included supply chains and has seen logistics operations become a major focus of activities by signatories during 2011.

In its report, WRAP stated the grocery sector is "on track" to meet its waste management and recycling goal, with "significant progress" made towards food and packaging targets.

Companies in the manufacturing and retail industries are realizing the potential cost and efficiency benefits of waste prevention throughout their supply chains, but WRAP suggests more still needs to be done to ensure that good practices are spread.

Dr Richard Swannell, WRAP Director of Design and Waste Prevention, stated: "The reduction in supply chain waste is particularly important given it’s a new area for Courtauld. In this, its final year, we are continuing to work with the sector to help ensure the Courtauld Phase 2 targets are met in full."

The new UK Green Investment Bank, which is being established by the Government and has received approval from the European Commission this week, could improve waste management in the UK by providing finance for energy-from-waste and related projects.

Further waste management efforts are being made by the hospitality and food service industry, with more than 100 companies signing up to a new voluntary agreement to reduce waste.

Representing 19 per cent of the sector, the pact was initiated by WRAP and the four UK governments and is expected to save organizations millions of pounds, as well as reducing carbon dioxide by thousands of tonnes.

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