Reducing waste to landfill
Our long-standing objective is to reduce waste wherever possible, and to reuse or recycle more of the waste we do produce. Not only does this improve our environmental impact, it also reduces the costs associated with waste disposal.
The Partnership diverted 81% of its operational waste from landfill, up from 52%. This included recycling 37,275 tonnes of waste and a further 12,036 tonnes was sent to energy from waste solutions. We are on track to meet our waste targets to divert 95% of our waste from landfill by 2013.
We have recycled transit packaging materials such as cardboard and plastics from our shops and distribution centres for more than 20 years. More recently, we have started backhauling waste cardboard, plastic and polystyrene to increase the volumes that can be recycled. Our shops and head offices continue to recycle office paper, plastic cups, toner cartridges, glass, magazines, cans, batteries and bottles.
John Lewis recycled 51% of its waste in 2010/11 (up from 50%) and Waitrose recycled 63% (up from 53%). We are on track to meet our targets for Waitrose and John Lewis to both recycle 75% of their waste by year-end 2012.
Key waste management actions for 2011:
• extend polystyrene waste collections to all John Lewis sites
• extend backhauling of mixed waste paper to all Waitrose shops
• extend food waste separation and processing via anaerobic digestion
• establish a food waste strategy for John Lewis
• publicise recycling and waste best-practice document to our Partners
• install recycling bins in all Waitrose dining rooms
• enable local shop food donation more widely.
By using a new general waste contractor in 2010, Waitrose now receives tonnage figures for more of its waste and has a greater understanding of the end destinations for mixed waste materials. In addition, the majority of mixed waste previously being landfilled is now either being incinerated to generate energy or being mechanically separated for recycling.
81% of the Partnership’s operational waste diverted from landfill
51% of John Lewis waste recycled
63% of Waitrose waste recycled
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waste, recycling and reusing
Waitrose is making use of the latest technology at a new plastic sorting factory in Lincolnshire, helping to reduce waste plastic. State-of-the-art equipment sorts hard plastics and turns them into new materials. The recycled material can then be turned into food packaging.
“Hard plastics, like trays and vending-machine bottles, have historically been much harder to recycle than soft plastics, so this is a great solution.”
Mike Walters , Operations Manager
Recycling and Waste, John Lewis Partnership