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12 December 2011 | Angeline Albert
Collaboration between retailers and their
suppliers contributed to a 260,000 tonne reduction in the amount of food and
drink waste in the UK in 2010.
Under phase two of the Courtauld Commitment,
a voluntary agreement to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact
of the grocery sector, there is a target to cut waste by 4 per cent by 2012.
According to the Phase 2 First Year Progress Report,
published last week by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the
260,000 tonnes represents a 3 per cent reduction. The results from 2011 have
not yet been calculated.
The first phase of the government-backed
Courtauld Commitment looked at reducing household food, drink and packaging
waste between 2005-10. During this period, the signatories cut 3.3 million
tonnes of CO2.
A total of 53 UK grocery retailers, brands
and suppliers, including Morrisons and Sainsbury's, signed up to
phase two of the agreement, which runs between 2010 and 2012.
Collaboration between Morrisons and Kerry-Noon Ready Meals
has reduced product waste at the point of manufacture by 33 per cent. The
retailer increased its forecast accuracy by 6 per cent and has cut packaging on
some products by 20 per cent, by redesigning ready meal packaging and products.
At Heinz, efficiencies were made by using
bulk holding tanks instead of polythene bags to direct feed sauce to filling
machines. This move has cut the number of bags used per year by 3,000 and cut
40 tonnes of waste. It has also resulted in less product waste and provided
extra storage space as fewer transport containers are needed.
Phase two also aims is to reduce the carbon
impact of grocery packaging by 10 per cent. So far, greenhouse gas emissions
have been reduced by 5.1 per cent, which is equal to 295,000 tonnes of CO2.