Drinks waste blamed for target failure

An increase in alcoholic drinks sales in supermarkets is being blamed for the grocery sector failing to reach a target to reduce packaging waste.

The first phase of the Courtauld Commitment – a voluntary deal between the industry and Waste & Resources Action Programme – set a reduction of total packaging waste between 2005 and 2009 as one of its key targets. Wine, beer and cider bottles and cans represent a third of all grocery packaging by weight, says WRAP.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has called for a scheme that would charge a refundable deposit on drinks bottles. But the Association of Convenience Stores has said the scheme would be “too big, too complicated and too costly”.