Waste

The Partnership has an overriding aim to stop all types of waste. In fact, we consider waste materials we generate to be valuable resources. We are committed to working with our supply chain to explore opportunities to reduce waste and 'close the loop' on our waste material. We also want to increase reuse services for products when they reach the end of their useful life.

Target

Progress

Divert 100% of waste from landfill by end 2020/21

98.2%* was diverted in the 7 months to July 20161

75% operational waste to be recycled by year end 2020/21

67.2%* was recycled in the 7 months to July 20161

100% closed-loop recycling of cardboard, plastic & glass by year end 2020/21

We continue to look for opportunities to increase the use of recycled materials in our buildings and operations, and, where possible, to make this a closed-loop solution.   

15% reduction in Waitrose organic matter waste (vs 2014/15 baseline) by 2020/21 13.9%* compared to the first 7 months of 2014/151

1This covers the period 1 January 2016 - 31 July 2016 due to a changeover in waste contractor during the year. We are working with the new contractor to develop accurate and robust waste reporting.

*We engaged KPMG LLP to undertake an independent limited assurance engagement, reporting to the Partnership, over selected information.

Making progress

In our operations, our approach is to follow the waste hierarchy by reducing waste, recycling and diverting it from landfill and we have engaged extensively with our Partners to help them to play their part in achieving our targets.

We have continued to make progress towards our targets to divert 100% of our operational waste from landfill and reducing our organic matter waste by 2020/21. 98.2%* of waste was diverted from landfill in the 7 months to the end of July 2016 and the volume of organic matter waste has reduced by 5.9% (13.9%* since 2014/15). We made progress towards our target to recycle 75% of our operational waste with 67.2%* being recycled in the same period.

These improvements have been made possible by engaging our Partners and working with our supply chain. To steer us further towards our targets, we have increased the frequency of internal reporting against our waste key performance indicators and established new Partnership-wide governance mechanisms for our operational waste which will steer us towards our vision and manage activity against our targets.

*We engaged KPMG LLP to undertake an independent limited assurance engagement, reporting to the Partnership, over selected information.

Collaboration for improvement

We also continue to work collaboratively with others to deliver industry progress, for example through Waitrose's involvement in the Courtauld Commitment 2025  and the Partnership's participation in the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG). The PCRRG is a collaboration of raw material producers, cup manufacturers, retailers, recyclers and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The Group aims to find solutions to the environmental impacts of paper cup, such as designing a paper cup that can be efficiently recycled and engaging customers, waste collectors and local authorities to ensure they are put through the appropriate waste streams.