We are committed to eliminating food waste at every level of our operations. To help drive this change, we have set ourselves the goal in the UK of achieving zero waste to landfill from each of our factories by 2015, with full recovery of unavoidable by-products.
More than half of our sites have now achieved this ambitious target. Buxton became our eighth UK site to send zero production waste to landfill – an achievement independently verified in 2013. Our Hayes, Halifax, Fawdon and Tutbury sites all met this target in 2012, following York in 2011 and Girvan and Dalston in 2010.
Implementing zero waste to landfill: Tutbury
Achieving zero waste to landfill requires new systems and training to be put in place. At Tutbury, an area is dedicated to each of the factory’s 16 waste streams so that the materials can be carefully observed and segregated. Contractor waste is managed in the same way, providing a uniform approach across the site.
By investing in balers to ease the handling and management of packaging waste, both the space needed at the factory and the transport footprint have been reduced. Working with waste contractors who recycle in the best way possible is equally vital. The factory carries out regular auditing of suppliers to ensure the highest standards.
Nestlé York has demonstrated through our review that in many areas best practice is being delivered in terms of both waste management and segregation. It is also clear that the introduction of the Nestlé Continuous Excellence (NCE) programme will be key to the delivery of improvements in the future. This continues to be an extremely influential and significant programme and will be a key vehicle of change at the site.
Dr Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems at Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
In 2013, Nestlé launched the Pathfinder project, in partnership with WRAP, to identify waste hot spots and opportunities for waste prevention along the chocolate crumb supply chain. Our aim is to reduce waste used along the UK chocolate crumb chain by 5% by 2014.
This work began with a detailed analysis of dairy farm to manufacturing plant and on to customer till - in order to make recommendations for waste reduction projects along the supply chain in 2013/14.
Fareshare - ensuring no good food goes to waste
We support FareShare, a charity tackling food poverty and food waste in the UK. FareShare redistributes surplus, fit-for-consumption food from the food and foodservice industry to charities who serve an average of 42,700 homeless, disadvantaged or vulnerable people a day. In 2012, we diverted enough food for 564,249 meals to FareShare, sending 236 fewer tonnes to landfill in the process.