More than 800 Tesco stores have diverted 100 per cent of their waste from landfill across four cities and regions: Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and within the M25.
Tesco ultimately wants to divert 95 per cent of its waste by 2010 from all its UK stores.
Chief executive Sir Terry Leahy said: Climate change remains the major strategic challenge of our age. I fundamentally believe that business has a crucial role to play in tackling climate change, setting an example, guiding consumers towards more sustainable forms of consumption, making them affordable and providing the information on which to make informed green choices.
Tesco has more than 3,500 projects underway to reduce, recycle and re-use all with the aim of diverting waste from landfill.
The store has embarked on the following initiatives:
* Re-using waste meat to generate fuel through an biomass-to-energy plant;
* Turning recycled carrier bags into refuse bags;
* Deliver and display products in re-usable plastic trays to save 20,000 tonnes of cardboard in the UK.
* Green Clubcard points for recycling glass and plastic at recycling units.
The details of Tescos carbon footprint and its steps to reduce it feature in its Corporate Responsibility Report 2009.
Image: Tesco cage with waste plastic back of store