SUEZ recycling and recovery UK yesterday, (05 March 2020) announced it has joined over 180 businesses including retailers, manufacturers and resource specialists, in signing up to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap; managed by WRAP and IGD.
An ambitious and evidence-based initiative, the Roadmap aims to help businesses reduce food waste by 50% by 2030. Signatories to the Roadmap commit to a food waste reduction target across their operations, taking targeted action to meet this by working in partnership with suppliers, and supporting consumers to reduce their food waste. The Roadmap also includes a common measurement framework, enabling businesses to consistently report progress towards their target each year and share the results publicly.
WRAP estimates that 9.5 million tonnes of food and drink is wasted every year, worth £19bn. This waste also comes with an environmental cost from the water, energy and emissions associated with processing, packing, transporting and treating wasted food.
SUEZ joins the Roadmap as an enabling partner using the skills and resources of its UK waste and water businesses to support its customers in meeting their commitments. This combined expertise in waste and water enables SUEZ to audit and identify potential reductions across all waste streams, offering comprehensive solutions to business and industry.
David Wood, Market Development Manager for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, said: “The 2023 deadline for separate food waste collections and the 2030 ban on food waste to landfill are drawing nearer, focussing the mind of business on reducing food waste across the supply chain.”
Ben Harding, UK and Ireland Growth Team Leader - Food and Beverage and Mid- Markets for SUEZ Water Technologies and Solutions, said: “We share WRAP’s ambition to halve food waste by 2030 and are delighted to combine our expertise in water and waste to support businesses in identifying targeted actions to reduce food waste in all forms.”
Peter Maddox, WRAP Director, said: “I am delighted to welcome SUEZ as the newest signatory to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap. SUEZ has an important role to play in helping to both raise awareness of the issue of food waste, and in helping to mitigate against the problem by engaging with its client base.”