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Sainsbury’s reaches zero waste to landfill milestone

June 13, 2013

Sainsbury’s reaches zero waste to landfill milestone

Sainsbury’s announced that it has met its target for sending none of its waste to landfill, just three years after the initial goal was set.

Alongside trading results that showed that like-for-like sales for the first quarter rose 0.8 percent excluding fuel, the supermarket giant released a quarterly progress report on its high profile 20x20 sustainability program in which it confirmed it had followed last year’s milestone of diverting all food waste from landfill by now avoiding all landfill waste from its operations.

The company revealed that it had reached the target through a variety of partnerships with charities, recycling firms, and energy-to-waste facilities. For example, a long-standing partnership with charity FareShare has meant that usable food is donated to charity, while waste bakery products that are not fit for human consumption are now processed into high energy biscuit meal for animal feed. Additional food waste is sent to anaerobic digestion facilities where it is used to generate energy and produce fertilizer, while all non-food waste is sorted for recycling, with non-recyclable material turned into fuel for waste-to-energy plants.

The company also stressed that it was taking steps to help its customers reduce waste levels, by cutting down on unnecessary packaging and improving labeling to help limit food waste.

Read more at Business Green.

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