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Sainsbury's boss clashes with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall over food waste management

Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe has fended off a fresh wave of criticism from celebrity chef-turned-eco-warrior Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall about the "ridiculous system" of exacting cosmetic standards of the fruit and veg sold by Britain's supermarkets.

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Under Ambition 2025, FDF will develop a comprehensive online signposting tool to guide members in integrating sustainable sourcing into their supply chains

Food manufacturers unveil 2025 targets to deliver 'sustainable food system of the future'

McCain Foods, Cadbury, Coca-Cola GB and McVitie's are among a host of British food and drink manufacturers that have developed a series of ambitious new sustainability commitments this week.

More than 11 million tonnes of materials could be diverted from disposal increasing England’s recycling rate by 7% by the year 2025 if the new framework is adopted.

Could this new industry framework reinvigorate England's recycling rates?

England would see a much-needed increase in recycling, an improvement in the quality of recycled materials and a more comprehensive waste management service for households if a new, collaborative industry framework is adopted, WRAP has claimed.

The initiative, which started this month (September), will run for three years and engage with 33 London boroughs with the help of housebuilders and hospitality and food service businesses

European Commission funds WRAP's £2.7m London-wide food waste reduction plan

WRAP has launched a new London-wide behaviour change initiative that aims to prevent food waste in the capital as well as promoting best practice measures for recycling unavoidable food waste.

With the zero-waste status in place, Vacherin has pledged to ramp-up its recycling efforts. The company’s recycling rate already sits at 70% - well above the industry average of 57%

Vacherin becomes zero-waste business one year ahead of schedule

London catering business Vacherin has revealed that it has achieved a zero-waste to landfill business status, one year ahead of schedule, as it also closes in on an 80% recycling target set for 2018.

The campaign urges consumers to become more water-conscious and purchase foods with a lower water footprint

Knorr calls on consumers to consider the 'hidden' impacts of water in food consumption

During World Water Week, food producer Knorr has launched a new behaviour change campaign to drive awareness of the "hidden" water waste impacts in food production, encouraging consumers to take action to reduce their water footprint.

90% of grocery managers believe that customers will buy 'imperfect' fruit and vegetables at a discount

Can 'wonky veg' unite consumers and supermarkets in the food waste battle?

With UK supermarkets struggling to meet impending food waste targets, a new questionnaire reveals that retailers believe consumers are more than willing to turn to wonky veg as a sustainable solution that would be a "clear benefit to all".

Polystyrene is ingested by fish, which makes the issue a particular concern to chef Ed Baines, who runs a seafood restaurant in Soho

Army of chefs wage war on polystyrene waste in London

Britain's 'war on waste' has seemingly taken a turn from paper to polystyrene cups as a selection of top chefs - including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - have sent a letter to London Mayor Sadiq Khan calling for a city-wide ban on non-biodegradable polystyrene packaging.

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Since FoodCycle was founded seven years ago, the initiative has served 167,000 meals across the UK and 5,000 meals within London in the last six months

London organisations urged to feed the vulnerable through food donation schemes

National charity FoodCycle is calling on London-based charities, community projects and faith centres to join them in the fight to tackle both food waste and poverty in the capital.

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The 100% recyclable pasta boxes, which will cost £1.99 as part of the Waitrose LoveLife range, will go on sale on Monday (1 August)

Waitrose cooks up new food waste packaging for pasta range

Waitrose has announced it will become the first supermarket in the UK to launch to new pasta ranges where the packaging is made, in part, from waste food produce.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall heads out in his ‘battle bus’ to raise the issue of coffee cup recycling to the public, claiming less than 1% of discarded cups are actually recycled

Hugh's War on Waste: The battle continues with coffee cup recycling in the spotlight

Celebrity chef-turned-eco-warrior Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is reigniting his 'War on Waste' TV series this week, with attention shifting from food waste to coffee cup recycling.

A wide range of organisations will help Unilever and Hubbub develop fresh messaging on food waste and run engaging campaigns which encourage households to better understand the value of food

Unilever and Hubbub launch 'Joint Ambition for Zero Food Waste Britain'

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has teamed up with social enterprise charity Hubbub to launch a collaborative, social media-driven project aimed at eliminating food waste.

WRAP plans to divert 90,000 tonnes of clothing away from landfill each year in Europe by 2019

WRAP reports Resource Revolution progress in latest Annual Review

The launch of the Courtauld Commitment 2025, the development of a series of robust resource efficiency campaigns and the brokering of voluntary agreements across various sectors represent some of the key highlights in WRAP's Annual Review.

Research showed that 81% of customers planned to followed the advice provided since the launch, while two million customers are making changes in the homes as a result of the scheme

Asda becomes first supermarket to show customer food waste savings

Asda customers have saved £57 a year on average after the supermarket chain launched a campaign to tackle domestic food waste.

Earlier this year, France implemented a ban on supermarkets forbidding them from throwing away unsold food

EFRA launches food waste inquiry as Europe gears up to tackle supermarket waste

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has launched a new inquiry to establish the impacts of the seven million tonnes of food waste produced in the UK, as a European-wide campaign to ban supermarkets from throwing away food closes in on a major milestone.

According to the report, only 18 of London’s 33 boroughs are collecting food waste separately

London boroughs urged to promote circular economy through food waste reduction

London boroughs need to develop the "circular economy of food" by separating food waste collection from general waste in order to rejuvenate plateauing recycling rates and boost activity in surrounding anaerobic digestion (AD) plants.

Members of the new action plan hope that increasing recycling volumes will bring in economic benefits alongside rejuvenating England’s plateauing recycling rates

WRAP launches food waste recycling plan for England

A new five-point action plan aimed at improving household and commercial food waste recycling and collection was launched by WRAP today (7 July) in Birmingham.

Current regulations concerning the redistribution of food very near or past its use-by date make it expensive for food retailers to redistribute to charities

M&S expands redistribution trials for frozen perishable food

Marks and Spencer (M&S) has been provided with 'assured advice' from Westminster City Council to expand a trial aiming to redistribute chilled and perishable food waste to local charities.

Last week, Marcus Gover replaced Goodwin as WRAP’s chief executive, having previously held the position of operations director at the organisation

Liz Goodwin to join WRI as senior fellow in the fight against food waste

Former chief executive of the UK Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Liz Goodwin has revealed that she will join the World Resources Institute (WRI) as a senior fellow and director in September this year.

Tesco is already citing its alcohol isles and bakeries as the cause for the rise and has planned to alleviate the issue

Tesco's food waste climbed by 4% last year

As Tesco's chief executive used a keynote speech in Cape Town to implore companies to do more to tackle food waste, the UK supermarket revealed that its own food waste had increased by 4% to 59,400 tonnes last year.

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Businesses, suppliers and governments must collaborate to tackle food waste, says William Jackson

All of the major players in the food industry must work closer together to ensure greater harmonisation throughout the supply chain when it comes to tackling food waste, William Jackson Food Group's sustainability director has said.

The report suggests that the prioritisation of waste or secondary materials seems to be largely driven by European Union (EU) legislation

Most European countries see construction as circular economy priority, report reveals

The majority of European countries have identified plastic and packaging, construction and demolition waste and food waste as key priority materials that need to be focused on in the transition to a circular economy, according to a new assessment from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The LARAC chair said the organisation looked forward to working with both the REA and the Government to find solutions to the UK’s recycling and sustainability needs

REA calls for 'urgent' collaboration between food waste industry and local authorities

Increased collaboration and action is needed between the food waste industry and local authorities to boost recycling and food waste capture rates, according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC).

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The 48-page M&S Plan A report reveals a further 22 commitments were achieved in 2015/16 and good progress was made in engaging its 32 million customers on sustainability. Photo: M&S

'The world never stands still': M&S continues green business evolution with Plan A update

Nearly three-quarters of products now have an 'eco' or ethical quality; retail food waste has significantly declined, and energy and water efficiency have greatly improved, capping off another hugely successful year of progress for Marks & Spencer's (M&S) Plan A sustainability programme.

Originally established in 2013, the standard looks to encourage consistency and transparency in quantifying and reporting food waste issues to reap economic benefits

Global standard launched to tackle swelling food waste issues

Companies and countries have been urged to ramp up efforts to prevent food waste, through a new global standard that outlines reporting requirements on food management for business and governments to adhere to.

Report findings are being shared with businesses in the food and drink sector as part of the Courtauld Commitment 2025

Grocery supply chains worth £300m in food waste war, finds WRAP

Grocery retailers and supply chain operators are missing out on a £300m windfall, and the chance to increase supply-chain redistribution streams four-fold, by failing to tackle food waste issues, new analysis from WRAP has revealed.

FoodCloud has already been successfully implemented at more than 150 Tesco stores, creating an excess of 350,000 meals for around 940 charities nationwide

Tesco issues rallying call for innovators to help tackle food waste

EXCLUSIVE: Off the back of an impressive track record using innovative platforms to tackle the growing problem of food waste, Britain's biggest supermarket chain has reached out to innovators to introduce further waste reduction solutions.

The new ESA report outlines four areas that the Government should focus on to push towards a circular economy

Waste industry calls for 'urgent Government intervention' to drive UK circular economy

Whilst UK recycling rates continue to creep upwards, "urgent Government intervention" is needed to create a more resilient waste collection system that transforms the nation into a world-leader when it comes to waste and resource management.

Sainsbury's AD partnership with ReFood helps the retailer deliver its commitment to send zero operational waste to landfill

Sainsbury's set to expand AD scheme to power more stores from food waste

A scheme which sees a number of Sainsbury's supermarkets powered by renewable energy generated from food waste is to be rolled out to a further six stores, after a successful first year saw green gas produce 10% of the retailer's entire national energy consumption.

AccorHotels will create 1,000 vegetable gardens in its hotels by 2020

Accor to plant 1,000 vegetable gardens to tackle food waste

AccorHotels will plant 1,000 vegetable gardens at its properties, as the world's largest hotel operator ramps up its sustainability commitments in a bid to curtail the environmental impact of its operations.

The issue of food waste in the UK was thrown into the spotlight late last year by chef-turned eco warrior Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Vacherin summons wonky veg army to fight war on waste

London catering business Vacherin is striving to bring cosmetically rejected - but still perfectly edible - fruit & vegetables back into the foodservice supply chain with a three-fold increase in its sourcing of produce that would not ordinarily meet the exacting standards of larger retailers.

Heineken employees will now be able to find and collaborate with local causes that matter to them and manage their participation and support for their chosen causes

Heineken gets Neighbourly with community investment drive

Dutch beer company Heineken has become the latest major business to join a social media platform designed to help communities connect with companies through local charitable, environmental and social enterprise projects.

Under the Courtald Commitment 2025, brands will be given an optional choice to cut food and drink waste and the associated carbon emissions by one fifth by 2025

10 years to save £20bn: WRAP unveils revamped Courtauld Commitment 'to transform food industry'

The Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is today (15 March) urging Britain's food and drink firms to pledge major reductions in food waste and carbon emissions - which could deliver £20bn in savings for the UK economy - through its pioneering new Courtald Commitment 2025.

FareShare believes that the strengthened commitment will see more than 5,000 extra charities and community groups collaborate with the platform

Tesco rolls out 'FoodCloud' waste donation scheme

Tesco has commenced a national roll-out of a comprehensive and innovative online 'FoodCloud' platform that redirects surplus food from stores to provide millions of meals to local charities and community groups across the country.

The guide sets out six sustainability targets for all food and beverage retailers operating within the airport to achieve

Heathrow introduces new sustainable pledges for food and beverage retailers

Heathrow has become the first UK airport to propose a series of environmental targets, including energy reduction, recycling and a 'mystery shopper' programme, for restaurants and outlets in the airport.

Store emissions have been reduced by 35% since 2005 meaning they are more than halfway to a 50% target for 2020

British retailers on track to meet energy, water and waste reduction pledges

The UK's biggest retailers including ASDA, Sainsbury's and Argos have collectively reduced carbon emissions by 19% over the past decade, with a 6% reduction in 2014 alone, according to new figures.

The survey revealed that 11% of Scots are mistakenly attributing 'food waste' by failing to realise that best-before dates are indicative of quality rather than safety

Are confusing food labels putting Scotland's new circular economy strategy at risk?

The Scottish Government has been warned that its ambitious new circular economy strategy could unravel due confusing food labels that cause more than 50% of the UK's residents to throw away perfectly edible food.

Scotland's Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead believes the new food waste target will provide economic benefits to the tune of £500m

Scotland pledges 33% food waste reduction by 2025

The Scottish Government has pledged to reduce the nation's food waste by one third over the next nine years - a plan that would save businesses and households across the country more than £500m if successful.

One in six of the eight billion meals served throughout the hospitality sector each year is wasted

Serving up a food waste solution

With the annual cost of food waste in the hospitality and foodservice sector set to reach £3bn this year, ReFood's Philip Simpson discusses the challenges facing the industry and how businesses can recuperate losses through better reduction and recycling strategies.

Fareshare director of food Mark Varney spoke at an All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group supply chain event in London last week

Food waste: Focus must shift from supermarkets to supply chains

EXCLUSIVE: Food waste campaigners should stop 'beating up the supermarkets' and instead look further up the supply chain at the untapped redistribution potential of thousands of processors and manufacturers, Britain's largest food redistribution charity has said.

Elements such introducing three main pillars of collection and working with supply chains will still be expanded by WRAP

WRAP unveils phase two of England recycling plans

The Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has kick-started phase two of its collaborative, cross-industry plan to bring greater consistency to household waste and recycling collections in England.

Sainsbury's has removed more than 50% of multi-buy promotions from its food isles

Sainsbury's ditches 'BOGOF' sales to ease food waste

Sainsbury's has announced that it is scrapping multi-buy promotions across its food retail outlets in an effort to ease growing customer concerns about food waste and price logistics.

edie spoke with Liz Goodwin shortly after WRAP confirmed she would be stepping down as its chief executive

Q&A with WRAP's outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin

As the Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) prepares for the next chapter of its resource revolution quest under a new leader, edie speaks with outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin about the charity's success story so far, and her own plans for the future.

Liz Goodwin became chief executive of WRAP in 2007, having joined the organisation in 2001

Liz Goodwin to step down as WRAP chief executive

Liz Goodwin will step down as chief executive of the UK Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) later this year, after nine years in the role.

The new vegetable box will go on sale in 128 stores across the UK.

Asda puts UK's first supermarket wonky veg box on sale

The UK's first supermarket 'wonky vegetable' box went on sale on Friday, containing enough ugly potatoes and knobbly carrots to feed a family of four for an entire week for just £3.50.

 An estimated 15m tonnes of food is thrown away in the UK each year

UK consumers waste twice as much food as they think, Sainsbury's finds

British families squander twice as much money on food waste each month as they think they do, according to YouGov research commissioned by Sainsbury's.

Biffa’s anaerobic digestion facilities currently enable up to 240,000 tonnes of food waste per year to be recycled

Biffa ramps up UK food waste infrastructure

Waste services provider Biffa has announced a £1.5m investment to expand its food waste processing capacity across the UK.

Nearly 1/3 of all food is lost or wasted globally

Tesco leads new food-waste fighting coalition

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis will chair a new food waste reduction coalition, launched Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Two-fifths of diners say they are too embarrassed to ask restaurant staff for a ‘doggy bag’

Scottish 'doggy bag' scheme could cut restaurant food waste by 42%

The Scottish Government has launched a new food-waste reduction scheme designed to encourage restaurant goers to take their leftovers home with them.

The circular economy could create three million jobs in Europe

EU 'missed a trick' by omitting circular economy from Paris pledge

The European Union 'missed a trick' by failing to include any mention of resource efficiency or the circular economy in its INDC submission ahead of the Paris conference.

Christmas typically generates around 30% extra food waste volume

15,000 tonnes of Christmas leftovers converted into green energy

More than 15,000 tonnes of unused Christmas food - weighing the equivalent of 45 Boeing 747's - was diverted from landfill and transformed into festive renewable energy by one food waste recycler over the festive period.

The House of Commons is rated as a good practice organisation by the Sustainable Restaurant Association

AD industry urges politicians to emulate Parliament's food waste action

The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has called for a nationwide food waste segregation plan after a House of Commons representative revealed that the Parliament estate sends the majority of its food waste to anaerobic digestion.

Food distribution services have increased by 47% over the two year agreement

Hospitality and food services on track to achieving 5% emissions reduction target

Businesses in the hospitality sector which had previously signed up to lower key footprints and cut food waste have seen carbon emissions fall by 3.6% for 2014 as they close into the 5% reduction target for 2015.

The drop in bag use by Tesco customers in store is almost 10% higher than Tesco predicted

Plastic bag use in Tesco's slashed by nearly 80% with new charge

Tesco store customers used 78% fewer single-use plastic bags in the month since the introduction of the 5p bag charge in England.

The scheme allows charities and foodbanks to publicise their food requirements through an online portal

New redistribution platform launched to tackle food waste crisis

A new social media platform that aims to facilitate food redistribution has been launched in the UK.

The new circular economy package aims to

New circular economy package: The reaction

The European Commission has launched an "ambitious" new circular economy package that it says will boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth. But what does the industry think?

Sainsburys said the year-long project could save the average family £350 a year on food bills

Sainsbury's selects Derbyshire town for food waste innovation trial

Sainsbury's is investing £1m in a market town in Derbyshire to trial new food waste initiatives which could halve the town's waste.

Landfill will not be banned after all, according to leaked documents

New Circular Economy Package 'less ambitious' than axed predecessor

The European Commission's draft waste and incineration laws to replace the package it axed under its drive for "better regulation", has weaker targets for recycling and landfill than its predecessor.

The campaign aims to follow on from the exposure generated by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's War on Waste TV series

Stop the Rot: Skip of food waste arrives at supermarket HQs

A skip full of food waste has been delivered to various supermarket headquarters across the UK, as part of a new campaign supported by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and environmentalist George Monbiot.

The Bio-Bus is capable of travelling up to 300km at a time on biomethane

Bristol set for fleet of poo-powered buses

The city of Bristol could soon be home to a fleet of a 130 'poo-powered' buses after a successful pilot project earlier this year.

The potential costs of marine litter in Europe have been estimated at about €700m a year

EU drops food waste and marine litter reduction targets, leak reveals

The EU has dropped a plan to pressure countries into cutting food waste and marine litter by nearly a third, documents seen by the Guardian show.

Since the launch of this partnership Tesco and its customers have donated 27.5 million meals to FareShare

Tesco fights war on waste with revamped food donation scheme

UK retail giant Tesco has announced it is donating a further 700,000 meals from its 10 distribution centres to charities in an attempt to reduce the amount of surplus food the company is producing.

If food waste was measured as a country it would be the third biggest emitter of GHG in the world

Feeling green: Food firms urged to get emotional over sustainability

Using "emotional drivers" and financial incentives is the quickest way to spark corporate interest in sustainability initiatives, leading food industry experts have claimed.

The annual WRAP conference advised companies to create an 'enabling environment' for circular economy

Customers must be at heart of circular economy, retailers agree

Retailers must be prepared to collaborate to create a 'behavioral catalyst' that will transform the circular economy concept into a viable, mainstream business model, a panel of sustainability experts has concluded.

The Hammond family farm in Norfolk are forced to throw away more than 20 tonnes of waste parsnips a week

Hugh's war on food waste: Are supermarkets doing enough?

Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has gone to war on waste, with a new TV show highlighting the food waste caused by exacting supermarket standards. But the retailers have been quick to tell edie about the steps they're taking to tackle the problem.

Retailers account for just over 1% of the estimated annual 15m tonnes of UK food waste

UK supermarkets slash food waste by 20,000 tonnes

The UK's leading retailers have banded together to reduce supermarket food waste by 20,000 tonnes over the past year, according to a new report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

ADBA estimate that the AD sector could grow by 200% in the next two years

Scotland set for AD boom

Scotland's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry could double in size within the next two years after new figures revealed that farming biogas in the country grew by more than two thirds last year.

52 major grocery retailers, household brands and manufacturers are currently signed up to WRAP's agreement

Voluntary agreement sees UK retailers cut 80,000 tonnes of waste

Britain's manufacturers and retailers have reduced their ingredient, product and packaging waste by 80,000 tonnes since 2012, thanks to a voluntary agreement organised by WRAP.

Ignoring sustainability issues could prove costly to restaurants

Food waste: Opportunity knocks for hospitality businesses

With sustainability becoming an increasingly important factor in dining decisions, ReFood's commercial director Philip Simpson explores how increasing food waste recycling in bars, restaurants and hotels could boost customer footfall, as well as reducing waste management costs.

The IWFC highlights that food waste occurs throughout every phase of the industry's supply chain from harvesting to consumption

Food waste coalition begins push for value chain collaboration

Pepsi, Unilever and WWF are among a collection of businesses and NGOs that have joined a new coalition organisation tasked with inspiring companies to adopt comprehensive food waste programmes.

The campaign invites food and grocery industry companies to help their employees reduce household food waste throughout October

Food waste: Employee behaviour change campaign launched

Food and grocery businesses across the UK are helping their employees to reduce their household food waste through a month-long campaign co-ordinated by WRAP and food research firm IGD.

The use of Neighbourly will allow M&S to monitor what products are continuously surplus and begin implementing ways to reduce them

M&S to donate surplus food to charities

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has today (9 October) announced the launch of a nationwide food redistribution scheme which will see 150 of the supermarket's biggest stores pass surplus food onto a host of local charities.

Wales has shown the rest of the UK that reaching the 50% EU target is eminently achievable, according to Suez Environment

Wales recycling rates on the up, England urged to take heed

Rising recycling rates in Wales have prompted calls for the rest of the UK to follow suit and develop clearer, more coherent national waste management strategies in order to reach EU targets.

Households account for roughly half of the 15 million tonnes of food wasted in the UK every year

Sainsbury's searches for 'test bed' town to trial food waste initiatives

Sainsbury's has launched a five-year, £10m innovation project to try and tackle the problem of household food waste in the UK.

7-10 billion tonnes of urban waste is produced each year, with 3 billion people across the globe lacking access to efficient waste disposal facilities

UNEP: 'Urgent response' needed to avert global waste crisis

The first ever worldwide waste report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says immediate action is required to shift from 'take-make-use-waste' to a circular economy.

95% said they expect sustainability issues to exert an even greater influence on their dining decisions in five years' time

Survey: Restaurants ignore sustainability 'at their peril'

More than 90% of consumers say they would be more likely to go to a restaurant that publicised its environmental impact and the provenance of its food.

The EU closed its consultation on what the circular economy package should look like on the 20 August, and is expected to present the plan by the end of 2015

WRAP highlights three priorities for EU circular economy package

The Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) has revealed its response to the EU's circular economy consultation, detailing three key targets for the forthcoming package.

Is it perfect policy timing for waste?

The United Nations, European Commission and UK Government have all recently announced key policy themes around waste and resources. The question is, will they complement each other?

Millions of shade balls are released into an LA reservoir to combat water loss

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

This week edie reported plenty of tech news from Silicon Valley, UK food waste figures and developments from our very own foreign correspondent in Indonesia.

The study found that 16% of all food that reached consumers was thrown away

UK wastes the most food in Europe

The UK is the worst-performing country in Europe when it comes to food waste, throwing away almost 6kg of food per household every week.

The research for Defra will study how much packaging is recycled and sent to landfill

WRAP and Valpak embark on joint packaging recycling project

Resource body WRAP and environmental consultancy Valpak are to collaborate on new research into the flow of paper and card waste through the market.

Morrisons is the latest food retailer to team up with the charity FoodCycle

Morrisons announces new partnership to tackle food waste

Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced it is working with charity FoodCycle to tackle UK poverty and food waste.

While 90% said they cared about being green, almost the same number admitted throwing out food waste

It's not easy being green, according to Britain's biggest consumer panel

Nine in 10 UK consumers care about 'being green', but the same number admit to throwing away food, according to a major new survey carried out by Asda.

Aston University has developed the portable facility which it says will make biofuel production easier for rural businesses. Photo: Aston University

Aston University researchers pioneer portable biofuel facility

Aston University has developed new technology to convert waste and residues, such as babywipes, into biofuel.

The move from recycling to re-using in the food logistics industry can be a simple process with the correct procedures in place

Moving from recycling to re-use in the food logistics industry

Moving away from recycling and towards re-using is the only way forward for the food transit industry, writes PPS Equipment managing director Joanne Moss.

A lack of food waste collection and larger bins caused major variations in recycling rates

Bin sizes and food waste collections pose recycling challenge, says WRAP

Factors under the control of local authorities account for the largest variation in recycling rates across the UK, new research from WRAP has revealed.

Community Shop and Food Cycle aim to reduce food waste and food poverty together. Photo: FoodCycle

'Social supermarket' unites with surplus charity unite to tackle food poverty

A new partnership between Community Shop and the charity Food Cycle is set to prevent even more food waste while providing social benefits to deprived areas.

Representatives from WRAP, Viridor and the Environmental Industries Commission took part in a Parliamentary seminar on the circular economy

Circular economy package: Policy priorities for the UK

The European Commission's long-awaited circular economy package must take into consideration renewable and decentralised energy, economic growth and voluntary agreements as a means to minimise waste across the continent.

Every year, the UK throws away seven million tonnes of food, and millions more tonnes of electrical goods

UK opposes new EU waste recycling targets in leaked paper

The UK has rubbished the idea of Europe setting new targets for recycling, despite warnings from the EU's environment commissioner that such measures should be non-negotiable.

A pan-European transition to a circular economy would generate around €1.8trn benefit for European economies every year

Ellen MacArthur Foundation values EU circular economy at €1.8trn

A pan-European transition to a circular economy would generate around €1.8trn of benefit for European economies every year, a major new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has claimed.

Many festival lovers go all out to reduce waste and improve sustainability

Glastonbury to Shambala: 5 festivals going green this summer

British Summer Time means one thing to tens of thousands across the country: festival season. But how are this year's big events attempting to green-up the party experience?

The 162 metre-tall tower will carry up to 200 people at a time in its observation pod. Photo: Brightoni360

Brighton's i360 tower to set 'global benchmark' for green tourism

Construction has now been underway for one year on i360 - Brighton's new vertical cable car that is planning to set a new benchmark for sustainable attractions.

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