We’re proud of our zero waste to landfill policy: we don’t throw anything away. Instead, we make sure all left over materials or food are reused or recycled.
And we try to support our customers to reduce their waste at home by making recycling easier and more convenient; whether it’s by offering a comprehensive range of recycling banks at our supermarkets or redesigning to reduce the volume of packaging used to make our own brand products.
We work closely with our growers to produce great tasting fruit and vegetables. Sometimes we decide to reduce the specification on the fresh produce we source so we can make the most of the crop when we’re hit with unseasonal weather, and this means you may occasionally find a misshapen piece of fruit or vegetables in our basics range. These wonky carrots or knobbly potatoes can be found in our basics range; we can assure you that they’ll taste the same as their picture-perfect counterpart – and we’re also all helping to reduce food waste by keeping them in the food chain.
Our recycling centres across the country receive the highest volume of donations for Oxfam beyond its own shops. In the last year our customers donated over 2,992 tonnes of clothing and accessories as well as over 561 tonnes of CDs and DVDs.
Read more about this in our factsheet on the environment.
Our Zero Waste to Landfill commitment means that our surplus food never goes to waste. Through our Food Donation scheme, over 300 of our stores have set up food donation partnerships in their local areas, and we are dedicated to increasing that number. We equip our stores to set up partnerships with registered charities for both people and animals that use food to fulfil their charitable work. Our stores build relationships with these charities who collect our surplus food from the store each week. We donate food that has passed its sell by date (but not its use by date), or products with damaged packaging which can’t be sold but are fit for human consumption.
Read more in our factsheets on the environment and community.
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Celia Cole is Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Manager at Sainsbury's