survey has found that processes adopted by food and
drink manufacturers have prevented in excess of half a
million tonnes of waste.
Released today by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)
and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs (Defra), the survey relates to 2006 and shows
that of the 835,000 tonnes of food and packaging waste
produced at 236 sites, 82 per cent was recycled or
FDF director of sustainability and competitiveness
Callton Young said the results demonstrate a commitment
to improving the environment.
He added: "Our members' initiatives are preventing
significant amounts of waste at their sites and it is
fantastic that the vast majority ? that does arise is
already treated in an environmentally-friendly way."
The industry group is aiming to see none of the waste
produced going to landfill by 2015.
A Cabinet Office report recently found that ?10 billion
worth of food is wasted in the UK each year.