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Supermarkets pledge to cut food waste 20% by 2025

March 15, 2016

Supermarkets pledge to cut food waste 20% by 2025

Press Association
Tuesday 15 March 2016 09.52 GMT

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).

The charity, working on behalf of the government and devolved powers in Wales and Scotland, hailed the deal as the first of its kind and said it would usher in a “new era” for the industry. It comes days after Tesco, the UK’s biggest grocery chain, committed to sending no surplus food to waste from its stores by the end of next year by redistributing it to charities.

Read more at The Guardian.

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