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Great Britain: supermarkets pledge to cut food waste 20% by 2025

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Britain’s leading supermarkets have pledged to drive down food and drink waste by a fifth within the next decade.

Retailers including Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons are backing a voluntary agreement, which also targets a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions created by the food and drink industry.

Some 24 local authorities, including the London Water and Recycling Board, and major brands and manufacturers such as Coca-Cola, Nestle and Pizza Hut have also committed to the agreement produced by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap).

Annual food waste from UK households, hospitality and food service, food manufacture and the retail and wholesale sectors amounts to around 12m tonnes, 75% of which could have been avoided, according to studies by Wrap. The waste was valued at more than £19bn a year, and was associated with at least 20m tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Guardian, 15 March
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