High street retailers are sending just 10% of waste to landfill, beating their own target.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said members of its voluntary environmental initiative had exceeded their main waste target to cut landfill waste to below 15% by 2013.
Twenty-five shops, including Argos, Next, Waitrose and Greggs collectively slashed landfill waste from 45% in 2005.
In a Better Retailing Climate scheme progress report, BRC said members were contributing to a series of WRAP initiated targets including the Courtauld Commitment 2 to cut UK household food waste by 4%.
BRC policy adviser Alice Ellison said: “This update demonstrates that the retail industry is going above and beyond in its commitments to reducing its environmental impact across all aspects of its operations. Despite the downturn and other challenges affecting business, retailers are continuing to innovate and collaborate in this space, which delivers real environmental benefits as well as value for their customers.
“We want to keep this momentum going past the 2008 commitments, so our next step is setting new targets to build on this progress and continue to invest in protecting the planet.”
The initiative also sets environmental targets for retailers’ buildings, refrigeration, transport, water, and supply chain.