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Tesco fulfils waste target ahead of time

January 2010

Tesco has hit its target of eliminating all use of landfill a year ahead of schedule.

The retail multinational has diverted all its yearly 531,000 tons of waste to other disposal means, reaching its goal through what is calls ‘a massive logistical exercise in reducing, re-using and recycling’.

About 385,000 tons of the waste are recycled, and the rest is re-used in less conventional ways now available through new technology. For example, the supermarket now uses unsold meat to generate energy in biomass power plants.

Methane gas from landfill sites is far more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide, and other supermarkets have also pledged to stop using landfill. J Sainsbury intends to stop all food waste going to landfill by this summer. Instead, it will send waste to plants that convert it into methane gas used for electricity.

Asda and Ocado, which delivers Waitrose groceries, have similar targets to eliminate landfill use. Morrisons is the only large supermarket chain yet to announce plans on the issue.

Tesco | UK & NI Ireland | Environment


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