When we think differently about waste streams, we can turn them into value streams. Not just reducing environmental impact but also improving business performance.
Since 2019, our business has almost halved the amount of waste we send to landfill, diverting 900 tonnes of materials from landfill into more beneficial uses.
We've reduced the amount of food waste generated by 80 per cent - we did this by introducing a new approvals process for the scrapping of stock and changing the way inventory is managed in our warehouses.
We have almost eliminated our reliance on landfill for food disposal, with inedible food waste diverted to stockfeed or composted into garden products creating a closed loop, while also reducing the generation of harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
We have also improved the segregation of waste across our manufacturing network to make it easier to separate packaging materials such as cardboard and pallet wrap. Some of these materials are turned into new products including water piping, park equipment, and recycled packaging.
Our next challenge will be to ramp up efforts to minimise waste generation in the first instance – this will set us up for even more success in the next few years.