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Dairy brands sign up to reduce waste

08 March 2010

Dairy companies are among the vanguard of organisations signing up to reduce packaging waste under the Courtauld Commitment 2

It succeeds the initiative set up in 2005 by food suppliers, retailers and WRAP. Signatories have committed to reduce the carbon impact of their packaging by 10% over the next three years.

A range of measures will be used by dairy company signatories, including lightweighting milk bottles, increasing the use of recycled plastic in bottles, reducing food waste and cutting supply chain waste.

Dairy UK Environment Manager Fergus McReynolds said: “Courtauld 2 is a significant step forward for the food industry. The overriding target of a 10% reduction in the carbon impact of packaging will complement the work under way through the dairy industry’s Milk Roadmap.

“By the end of this year, 10% of the plastic in milk bottles will come from recycled materials and by 2012, the industry will be well on the way towards hitting a 30% target.

“Dairy UK’s major processing members have also vowed to eliminate almost all factory waste from major sites by 2015. And we are working with WRAP to give consumers better advice on storing and using up dairy products to cut food waste. Hitting these targets should allow us to exceed our commitment under Courtauld 2.”

Andy Dawe, WRAP’s head of retail said: “The support of the dairy industry is very important for Courtauld Commitment 2 and we’re very proud that Arla, Dairy Crest, Danone Dairies, Muller Dairies and Robert Wiseman are founding signatories. We are keen to continue our close relationship with the industry to deliver innovative projects to achieve the new targets.”

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