We read with interest the articles surrounding the news on France’s move to ban supermarket’s unsold food waste at landfill. Such regulations prompt the discussion throughout the supply chain in the part each stakeholder must play in increasing recycling and reducing waste to landfill. According to the CIWM poll, 79% of UK respondents agree the UK should follow France’s lead. There is not just an appetite but an achievable opportunity to reduce waste, starting with the manufacturing supply chain. Each year, millions of pounds of surplus inventory are progressed through the supply chain at the expense of retailers, distributors and manufacturers. In the food industry alone in 2013 it is estimated annual waste within UK households, hospitality and food service, food manufacture, retail and wholesale was around 12 million tonnes, 75% of which could have been avoided, equating to over £19 billion a year. As well as the negative effect on business revenue, excess products and redundant stock also make a damaging contribution to the environment by needlessly consuming energy during the manufacturing, transportation and warehousing processes, as well as wasting a business’s time and valuable resources. Waste can arise within manufacturing and when products flow between supply chain partners. For manufacturers, the first step is to recognise the contributors to waste and then to measure both the specific causes (breakdowns, quality defects, inaccurate forecasting) and inherent causes (poor line set up, ineffective packaging) in order to realise resource efficiency. So what are the approaches that manufacturers can adopt to achieve tighter efficiencies and reduce waste?