Food and Drink Federation

Fall in UK Household Waste - A Significant Achievement

Press Release   •   Nov 16, 2011 14:01 GMT

In response to the release of the latest WRAP figures showing a fall in UK household waste generated over the last three years compared to 2006/07, FDF's director of sustainability and competitiveness, Andrew Kuyk said:

“These figures represent a significant achievement in changing consumer behaviour - which is vital step towards tackling the unacceptably high levels of food waste in the UK."

“Sending food waste to landfill not only wastes the resources used in its production but also adds to total greenhouse gas emissions through decomposition. This is especially true when food is wasted at the household end of the chain. This is why FDF and its members are focused on helping consumers reduce food waste including work with WRAP as part of Courtauld Commitment 2 and the Love Food Hate Waste campaign."

“Even though most food waste is generated by households rather than manufacturers, our members recognise the need to lead by example in their own operations. Our most recent survey of waste arisings, published in 2010, showed that the industry is now sending less than 9% of its food waste to landfill and is on track to meet its target of zero food and packaging waste to landfill by 2015.”

Notes to Editors

  1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector.
  2. WRAP's household food waste figures report
  3. Love Food Hate Waste website

The Food and Drink Federation is the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country.

Our sector directly employs up to 400,000 people, and as many as 1.2 million in ancillary services; it accounts for 15% of the UK's total manufacturing sector by value; and it is an invaluable partner to British agriculture, buying two thirds of what farmers produce. Our membership comprises manufacturers of all sizes as well as trade associations dealing with specific sectors of the industry.