Seven new projects to reduce household packaging and food waste have received funding from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
The money will come from WRAP’s Waste Minimisation Innovation Fund that aims to reduce the amount of household food and packaging waste that originates from the retail sector.
Scooping the largest amount of funding was H J Heinz. It secured £250,000 to trial light weight food cans, which could reduce household waste by 28,000 tonnes per year, if successful.
Further funds will go to Kite Packaging to look at cutting waste from corrugated cardboard boxes. The project will look at replacing the heavy double wall cartons presently used for mail order deliveries and internet shopping orders with more advanced paper and flute combinations. This could potentially save about 5,800 tonnes of material a year if adopted as industry standard.
Other projects to benefit include: a feasibility study into the potential reduction in household food waste through using packaging technology to extend the shelf life of food; trials into reusable ‘Carrierpacs’ for the home delivery of B&Q kitchen worktops; and studies into lighter weight packaging for ready meals, soups and sauces.
WRAP innovation fund manager Mike Robey said: “The projects address many of the leading product categories that contribute to household food and packaging waste as well as the technical and commercial feasibility and consumer acceptability of the innovations.”