Packaging efficiency offers financial benefits, expert notes

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Businesses that embrace efficient packaging could boost their finances while helping the environment, according to one waste expert.

Andy Dawe, the head of food and drink at the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), made the claims after his organisation released the results of a study which show that manufacturers have managed to cut the amount of waste they send to landfill sites by more than 13 per cent in the last eight years.

Mr Dawe was quoted by foodmanufacture.co.uk as saying: “With waste to landfill now so low, businesses should grasp the opportunity to focus on the greater financial savings achievable through focussing on waste prevention.

“WRAP is happy to support businesses, and the supply chain as a whole, to identify where waste is arising and enable them to find the solutions to prevent such waste, making large financial and environmental savings.”

The data was compiled in collaboration with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), which has challenged manufacturers to bring packaging and food waste down to zero per cent by 2015. The data shows that the vast majority of the FDF’s member companies have already reached this target.

According to scotlandfoodanddrink.org, much of the waste has been put to other uses, with 250,000 tonnes being repurposed in 2012 alone.

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