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America Recycles Day: LEED for Waste Management, ACC, Coca-Cola, Cox

The recycling industry in the US last year transformed more than 130 million metric tons of scrap metal, paper, plastic, glass, textiles, rubber and electronics into specification grade commodities for use in new products, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

Food Waste

UK Food Companies, Grocers Beat Waste Reduction Goal

The UK food and grocery sector has beat its waste reduction goal, according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). WRAP today published the second interim report of Courtauld Commitment 3, which shows that its signatories — more than 50 UK retailers, brands and manufacturers including Coca-Cola Enterprises, Unilever, AB … Read more »

Food, Drink Manufacturers Slash CO2 Emissions

UK food and drink manufacturers have reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 35 percent against a 1990 baseline — five years ahead of the original target date of 2020. The Food and Drink Federation report says its members saw CO2 emissions fall by 664,000 metric tons since the launch of … Read more »

food waste

Food Waste Cost UK Hospitality, Food Service Sector £2.5 Billion

Food waste cost the UK hospitality and food service sector £2.5 billion ($4.1 billion) in 2011, according to a report by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Unless the sector takes steps to prevent food waste, this figure could increase beyond £3 billion ($5 billion) by 2016, says Overview … Read more »

Tesco bagged salad

Tesco Publishes Food Waste Figures

Tesco says 68 percent of its bagged salad ends up in the trash along with 40 percent of apples and almost half of bakery items. These foods make up a piece of the 28,500 metric tons of food waste the UK grocer generated in stores and distribution centers in the … Read more »

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Bathroom Retailers, Manufacturers Launch Water Efficiency Label

European Union DIY retailers, builders’ merchants and manufacturers have launched a voluntary labeling program to help consumers identify the water efficiency of bathroom taps, showers, toilets and baths. Companies that have agreed to label all of their bathroom appliances are: Argos, B&Q, Chandlers’ Building Supplies, Homebase, Travis Perkins, Saint Gobain, … Read more »

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Tesco Expands Sustainable Supply Chain Hub

Tesco says its sustainable supply chain initiative, Knowledge Hub, has added its 1,500th member: Müller Wiseman Dairies, Britain’s biggest fresh milk firm. Additionally, Tesco’s Producer Network, a similar initiative for agricultural producers and suppliers, has expanded to 828 members and is now open to all 700 Tesco dairy farmers. It … Read more »

Food Waste

UK Grocers, Brands Target 1.1m Metric Ton Food Waste Diversion

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Unilever, AB InBev and Nestlé are among the 45 UK retailers, manufacturers and brands that have committed to reducing food and drink waste by 1.1 million metric tons by 2015 in the third phase of the Courtauld Commitment, launched late last week. The Waste and Resources Action Programme … Read more »

Co-op, Nestle, Sainsbury’s to Cut Supply Chain Carbon Footprint

The Co-operative Group, Nestlé and Sainsbury’s have said they will improve the environmental performance of some of their products following research from the Product Sustainability Forum. An initial assessment of the environmental impact of grocery products, published by the Waste and Resources Action Programme on behalf of the PSF, analyzes the … Read more »

Industry Targets Zero-Waste Events by 2020

The Waste and Resources Action Programme and the UK’s £36 billion ($54.6 billion) events industry have launched an initiative with the goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2020. The UK events industry, which supports about 25,000 businesses and half a million full-time-equivalent jobs, is projected to grow to … Read more »

Dairies Pledge to Cut Water Use

Dairy UK has signed an agreement with the Waste and Resources Action Programme to cut the dairy industry’s water use and improve its water management. The agreement between the trade association and WRAP makes Dairy UK an official partner to the Federation House Commitment, a voluntary commitment for food and … Read more »