Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s now diverts all of its waste from landfill, three years after it pledged to do so in a company sustainability plan.
General waste from stores is recycled or incinerated, and leftover food is re-distributed via a food distribution charity Fareshare, turned into animal feed, or sent to anaerobic digestion (AD) plants.
Sainsbury’s has achieved this goal in partnership with Biffa, its contracted waste service provider since 2005.
In 1994, Sainsbury’s helped to found Fareshare, and it provides surplus food fit for human consumption to the charity as well as more than 400 local food donation partnerships.
A small proportion of Sainsbury’s bakery waste is turned into biscuit meal for pig and cow feed and other food waste is sent to AD. Sainsbury’s claims it is the largest retail user of AD in the UK, generating enough power to supply 2,500 homes.
Sainsbury’s also said it was helping customers to produce less waste by changing labelling, selling ‘ugly’ vegetables and education campaigns to help customers make their food go further.
Justin King, Sainsbury’s chief executive, said: “We know times are tough for many customers but they still rightly expect Sainsbury’s to lead the way on the things that will always matter to all of us including caring for our environment.”