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Nestle And Coca-Cola Join Effort To Halve UK Food Waste By 2030

By Kristin Hunt

Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Tesco are joining the fight to reduce food waste across the United Kingdom. Last week, multiple food and drink manufacturers committed to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, a plan which aims to cut the UK’s food waste in half by 2030 — and eliminate 10 billion pounds of trash per year.

According to Reuters, the signatories included at least 70 restaurants, supermarket chains, and manufacturers. (Nestle UK provides a slightly higher number at 87.) These companies will follow the rubric set by the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, measuring and self-reporting their progress as 2030 draws near. 

The initiative is designed to help the UK hit targets set by the UN in 2015. These targets, which fall under the larger UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of responsible consumption and production, call for a 50 percent reduction in global food waste per capita. In the United Kingdom, residents currently waste about 20 billion pounds of food each year.