The UK’s top retailers slashed food waste and packaging by more than a million tons between 2005 and 2009, new figures show.

The government’s waste reduction agency, WRAP, said a group of 40 retailers, including Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s, cut food waste by 670,000 tons in the four years to 2009.

Over the same period, they cut packaging by 520,000 tons. Together, the reductions represented a cut in carbon dioxide emissions of 3.3 million tons.

“The evidence shows that more people are now aware that food waste is an issue,” said WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin. “More people are checking their cupboards before they shop, making lists and date labels are better understood.”

You can view the WRAP supplement here or by clicking on the cover image.

This Saturday The Grocer publishes its latest Green Issue. Pick up a copy for the read latest on how the trade is tackling its environmental impact.

WRAP works with businesses and individuals to help them reap the benefits of reducing waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way. Find out more at

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