U.K. Milk Industry on Track to Meet Packaging, Water Goals

U.K. Milk Industry on Track to Meet Packaging, Water Goals

Milk bottles - CC license by Flickr user Muffet

The U.K. milk industry says it is on its way to meet its Milk Roadmap goals for packaging, water and waste.

The Milk Roadmap was created in 2008 by the industry and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It set goals for greenhouse gases, water use, recycled content in packaging, renewable energy and waste.

With 85 percent of plastic milk bottles now containing 10 percent recycled content, the industry expects to meet its goal for all plastic packaging to be 10 percent recycled by the end of this year. That industry aims to increase that amount to 30 percent in 2015 and 50 percent in 2020. About 80 percent of milk in the U.K. comes in plastic bottles.

For this year, the Milk Roadmap also calls for reducing water use at farms by 5-15 percent per liter of milk and for 95 percent of farms to have waste management plans.

Further down the Roadmap, the dairy industry aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20-30 percent, send zero waste to landfills and build more anaerobic digestion facilities, which use microorganisms to break down waste.

Milk bottles - CC license by Flickr user Muffet