Perrys Recycling working with customers to achieve The Courtauld Commitment 3 targets.

9th May 2013


The Courtauld Commitment is a voluntary agreement aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing the carbon and wider environmental impact of the grocery sector. Phase 3 was announced in May 2013 and runs until December 2015.




The Courtauld Commitment supports the UK government's policy goal of a 'zero waste economy' and the objectives of the Climate Change Act is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.



WRAP is responsible for the agreement and works in partnership with leading retailers, brand owners, manufacturers and suppliers who sign up and support the delivery of the targets.



The Courtauld Commitment 3 launched early May 2013 and runs until 2015. It aims to further reduce the weight and carbon impact of household food waste, grocery product and packaging waste, both in the home and the UK grocery sector.


The impact of Courtauld Commitment 3 is predicted to be a cumulative reduction of 1.1 million tonnes of waste, 2.9 million tonnes of CO2(e) and a cost benefit of £1.6 billion to consumers, food and drink sector and local authorities. During the three phases of the Courtauld Commitment, a 20% reduction in household food waste could be achieved.


Leading retailers, brands and manufacturers already signed up, (please click to view)



The costs associated with waste generated from the UK supply chain and households equate to £17 billion per year (£12 billion household and £5 billion supply chain) according to 2009 WRAP research. Food is a valuable resource and yet UK households throw away over 7 million tonnes every year, around 20% by weight of that purchased. More than 60% (4.4 million tonnes) of this could have been eaten, including around 17 billion ‘5 a day' portions (2011 WRAP research).

Optimising packaging has been a great success and will continue, but there are limited opportunities to reduce it further without risking increased product wastage. Now the focus is on improving design to optimise recycled content, improve recyclability and helping to reduce food waste.



  • Courtauld Commitment 3 runs for three years from 2013 to 2015 with targets measured against a 2012 baseline.
  • Household food and drink target: Reduce household food and drink waste by 5% by 2015 from a 2012 baseline. Taking into account external influences, this target represents a reduction of 9% relative to anticipated changes in food and drink sales.
  • Manufacturing & retail target: Reduce traditional grocery ingredient, product and packaging waste in the grocery supply chain by 3% by 2015, from a 2012 baseline. Taking into account external influences, this target represents a reduction of 8% relative to anticipated production and sales volumes.
  • Packaging target: Improve packaging design through the supply chain to maximise recycled content as appropriate, improve recyclability and deliver product protection to reduce food waste, while ensuring there is no increase in the carbon impact of packaging by 2015, from a 2012 baseline. Taking into account external influences, this target represents a carbon reduction of 3% relative to anticipated sales volumes.


Perrys Recycling are working with businesses in the South West providing a recycling led waste management solution to customers who are trying to achieve these targets.

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