Waitrose has achieved its aim of sending zero food waste to landfill, with the announcement that all 280 of its UK branches will send food waste which is unfit for consumption for recycling from this week.
The supermarket initially set itself the goal of achieving this by the end of 2012, but has done so three months earlier than planned.
Waitrose was the first supermarket in the UK to send food waste to Anaerobic Digestion (AD) in 2008 through its award winning partnership with Cawleys, a Luton based resource management company, and this achievement signals its continued investment in sustainable resource management.
Waitrose has also cut food waste through campaigns such as using damaged fruit and vegetables in its Partner dining rooms, and promoting weather damaged produce to its customers in support of British farmers.
Cawleys, which was the first waste management company in Britain to offer a commercial food waste recycling service to AD, the ‘gold standard’ in food recycling technology, will continue to utilise AD as a sustainable alternative to landfill for all Waitrose branches in the UK, alongside the use of In Vessel Composting (IVC) where AD is not an option.
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