Morrisons to test the first “zero waste” stores
Morrisons has announced plans to launch six “zero waste” stores that aim to recycle all packaging and unsold food by 2025.
The supermarket will also introduce recycling points for customers for products that are typically not collected on trash days, including packaging, empty chip packs and face masks.
The bosses said if the trials at six Edinburgh stores were successful, they would roll out the format to 498 supermarkets across the UK over the next year.
The trials are in partnership with Nestlé, which will be responsible for recycling flexible plastics for the first time in the UK, without any waste being shipped to other countries for processing.
Waste from stores will be sorted by staff in storage rooms, including soft and hard plastics, cardboard, food waste, green waste, PPE, cans, cans and foils.
To tackle food waste, the supermarket said it will also offer more unsold items through its Too Good To Go app, where surplus food is sold at a great price.
Additional efforts will also be made to distribute food to local communities, he added.
Jamie Winter, director of sustainable purchasing at Morrisons, said: “We believe we can, in one fell swoop, enable these test stores to go from recycling around 27% of their general waste to over 84% of their general waste. %, and with 100% line-of-sight. “
He added: “All waste collected from our stores will be recycled here in the UK – we will not reprocess anything overseas. If we are successful we will roll out this zero waste store concept across the UK as quickly as possible. “
Helen Bird, strategic technical director of the recycling charity Wrap, said resources for recycling plastic packaging and bags will be key to reducing waste going to landfill.
“Plastic bags and packaging make up almost a quarter of all plastic packaging we use in our daily lives, but only 6% is recycled,” she said.
“Until we have consistent and comprehensive household collections across countries, supermarkets play a vital role in enabling customers to recycle key items not collected at home. “
Morrisons said it had already cut its own-brand plastic packaging by 8,000 tonnes since 2017 and aimed to reduce operational food waste by 50% by 2030.
Bosses said they are also encouraging big brands to do more to reduce their own packaging levels, and that Morrisons was the first supermarket to move away from plastic bags in favor of paper bags.