Just three per cent of food and packaging from edible products was sent to landfill in 2012, following a concerted effort from British manufacturers.

New figures from the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) ‘Five-fold Environmental Ambition’ report painted the picture of an industry looking to become far more environmentally friendly, as the total proportion of food and packaging sent to landfill was brought down from a hefty 16.5 per cent in 2006.

This progress should give food manufacturers the confidence they need ahead of attempting to meet a target of zero waste to landfill by 2015.

Cited by mrw.co.uk, the report also revealed a significant cut in carbon dioxide emissions, down 32 per cent since 1990, as well as a 16 per cent cut in water use since 2007.

Andrew Kuyk, FDF director of sustainability, said the achievement is all down to the efforts of UK manufacturers, who have embedded good environmental practices within their core business operations to reduce the industry’s impact on the environment.

Talking at fdf.org.uk, Leendert den Hollander, chair of the FDF’s Sustainability Steering Group, added: “It is great to see the industry coming together to raise our collective environmental performance through the sharing of expertise and insights, and the drive for action by member companies.”

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