£6.9 billion of food and waste packaging is produced by the grocery market every year in the UK. That equates to 7% of the value of households food and drink sales, which could be used to enhance exports and/or investments.
The food and drink industry benefits the UK economy massively, but it also includes waste and the carbon emissions that producing the food and drink create, (170 Mt).
The Water Resources and Action Programme (WRAP) identify that looking at the waste across the supply chain, 6.5 million tonnes of waste arises in the grocery market, in which 3.9 million tonnes comes from food and drink. They also suggest that in fact several companies are not identifying opportunities in which they could improve on their waste prevention and financial savings.
The food and drink market is very profitable as households spent in 2011 £101 billion in the UK. Waste isn’t just a result from households, retailers and wholesalers but can be from other ways.
Research into waste could help find significant benefits for the environment and businesses, The Director at WRAP, Richard Swannell has said “businesses and the supply chain as a whole can more readily identify where problems are arising, enabling them to find the solutions to reduce their waste and make large financial and environmental savings.” (Energy Live News)
The FDF, the Food and Drink Federation, are aiming to send zero food and packaging waste to landfills by 2015. FDF members have so far nearly halved their amount of waste from food and packaging with figures showing 17% in 2006 and 9% in 2009.
Helping reduce waste in households will help the UK to being more energy efficient, visit www.energyswitcheroo.com to find several tips on energy efficiency and waste management.