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Government not doing enough for sustainable resource management

The UK Government is failing to provide a “joined-up” approach to improve the use of resources, according to a new survey by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). The IEMA polled 400 of its members on a number of environmental issues including resource security and the circular economy. The results showed the vast…
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Buried horse meat

NO-ONE IN the industry wants to find equine DNA in their lasagnes or burgers again, but the issue hasn’t gone away. One might think the government feels differently.   In December, Professor Chris Elliott published his interim report on the “integrity and assurance of food supply networks”. At 84 pages it was thorough and included 48…
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Independent sector falling behind the agenda

THERE'S A very interesting article in this month’s Footprint highlighting that, in the foodservice arena, it is the larger organisations as opposed to the independents that are leading the way when it comes to effecting the big changes in sustainability. You’d be forgiven for thinking it should be the other way round.      …
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The price of failure

WRAP IS hoping its shocking study of waste in the hospitality and foodservice sector will be enough to sting businesses into action.                         The Government's waste advisers at WRAP have published the most detailed study of waste in the foodservice and hospitality sectors ever.…
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The Waste Agenda in 2014

GILES WHITELEY, CEO of Specialist Waste Recycling crystal ball gazes the 2014 waste agenda   There is nothing like an open question to get the grey cells working, so to arrive back into the office after the Christmas break to a request from the guys at Footprint for my thoughts on the changing waste agenda…
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Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 helps delivers £3.1bn in savings

THE GROCERY sector reduced food and packaging waste by 1.7 million tonnes which equates to 4.8 million tonnes of CO2eq under the Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 agreement. The final results released today from WRAP, show significant progress has been made. The supply chain target has been exceeded, the packaging target has been met and the…
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Retailers measure themselves against challenging green targets

RESPONDING TO results issued by Government waste body WRAP on the second phase of the Courtauld Commitment, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) says that the results demonstrate that retailers have made major strides to cut waste across the supply chain.   The results are measured against targets to reduce household food waste, packaging and waste…
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Green-eyed monster

DOING THE right thing could create the wrong impression with colleagues, according to new research.                     A light being left on in an unoccupied office or a recyclable item put in the wrong bin can provoke emotions as strong as guilt, rage or despair claims Rebecca Whittle, a senior…
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Has London struck oil?

CHANGES TO EU laws and a new biodiesel site in the capital could push up the price for used cooking oil.   London boasts the highest concentration of food businesses in the country. This includes an army of 8,000 fast food outlets. There are also mobile caterers, airport dining lounges, contract caterers, food manufacturers, schools and…
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Marketing your company and products as green

CONSUMERS WILL pay more for greener products but are not sure businesses are taking the environment seriously enough.                     A quarter of UK shoppers are prepared to pay more for green goods and services. That's three times more than 2011, according to Nielsen research this summer,…
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