UK named ‘exemplar’ as Food Waste Reduction Roadmap membership passes 210

Global food waste report names the UK an exemplar in the growing challenge to hit Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, as Food Waste Reduction Roadmap exceeds 210 businesses. More than 60 businesses publicly report food surplus and waste data today, including 54 Tesco suppliers and international growers. Sainsbury’s and Waitrose begin first Whole Chain Projects to tackle supply chain food waste under UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap. Burger King UK, McDonald’s UK and Pret A Manger join Roadmap, and new hospitality pilot to inspire food waste champions across the country.  Latest comparable…

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Tackle flexible plastic packaging now or risk missing UK Plastics Pact targets, urges WRAP

Urgent cross-sector action is required to develop a recycling system for soft flexible plastic packaging, like plastic bags and wrapping, according to WRAP. The call to action comes as the sustainability not-for-profit, which leads The UK Plastics Pact, publishes a roadmap to galvanise action across the plastics supply chain: ‘Creating a Circular Economy for Flexible Plastic Packaging’.  UK Plastics Pact members, who account for around 85% of plastic packaging on UK supermarket shelves, are working towards all plastic packaging being reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, and increasing the amount…

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Recycle Week 2020 will celebrate the nation’s commitment to recycling during lockdown

Recycle Now (Recycle Now is one of WRAP’s family of consumer facing brands) has announced that the theme for the 17th annual Recycle Week (21-27 September 2020) will thank the nation for continuing to recycle despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, under the banner ‘Together – We Recycle.’ Several major donors have already signed up to support Recycle Week. Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Co-op, Britvic, Highland Spring, Unilever UK and Ireland, Lucozade Ribena Suntory and Danone will be funding activity during the week to help inspire citizens to recycle more of…

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Signs of wasted food in UK homes increasing as lockdown eases WRAP warns

The easing of lockdown measures could see increased levels of wasted food in the UK, warns WRAP. Research conducted in June 2020 shows that although people have found ways to manage their food better, self-reported waste has increased by 30% compared to the early stages of lockdown. While concerns about going to the shops and running out of food motivated people to waste less in April, those motivations are weakening with restrictions lifting. Combined with the added time pressures of some ‘normal’ life resuming, such as more people returning to…

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67 million clothes could be discarded by UK homes post lockdown

The latest public survey by WRAP suggests that two in five UK citizens (41%) have had a clear out of unwanted textiles and clothing during the Covid-19 lockdown, with the majority storing their items at home until lockdown lifts. The sustainability body has published its findings (Citizen Insights: Textiles and COVID-19 Survey) to help the charitable sector, local authorities and recyclers prepare for the expected influx of textiles likely to be donated to charity shops and via other donation routes, as these begin to reopen over the coming weeks. WRAP’s…

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