Part of a Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) project to increase the amount of recycling, the front of store recycling bank trials at six of its stores were completed earlier this year. Since then, the supermarket has been working on rolling-out the sleek new recycling units to its other stores, concentrating on the Greater London area.
Recycling Manager James McKechnie told MRW that it would take about three years to convert its 346 sites with recycling facilities, adding that 35 sites had already been identified for the next stage of the roll-out.
The new sites will use Rescape banks operated by Valpak.
McKechnie added that the supermarket was keen not to duplicate effort made by local authorities, so was working closely with councils to ensure the banks were tailored to the local area. In Wandsworth for example, there was very little need for paper banks, as the council has a kerbside paper collection, he added.