First zero waste to landfill supermarket
A Coles supermarket in Sydney’s west has become the first Australian supermarket to trial zero waste to landfill.
As part of a trial, the supermarket in Wentworth Point is sending zero waste to landfill, preventing the equivalent of 6.5 shopping trolleys going to landfill each day.
The purpose of the trial is to change in-store processes, put greater focus on source separation, and to partner with new facilities to use waste as a resource. This will mean more packaged and unpackaged food, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass, wax boxes, polystyrene and timber will be diverted from landfill.
Thinus Keeve from Coles says the trial of a zero waste to landfill store will help Coles find new ways to reduce waste in stores.
“Waste management is a key component of the sustainability of any business and reducing waste is a very important issue for our customers,” said Mr Keeve. “Everyone knows Australia has challenges in how we deal with our waste. That goes for everyone from households sorting their recycling to businesses like Coles. We all have a responsibility to play our part.”
The zero waste to landfill trial store will find new ways to recover residual dry waste such as mixed plastic and timber which historically has been the most difficult to divert from landfill.
“We are now the first Australian supermarket to attempt a zero waste to landfill store. Coles is passionate about driving generational sustainability with innovation that reduces environmental impact.”
Do you shop at the Wentworth Point Coles? Should all supermarkets attempt to send zero waste to landfill?