Loads! There are a number of Waitrose policies saying that we shouldn’t be putting waste to landfill, however, previously we had some exemptions or there were some exemptions in place because of our location — so it’s always something we’ve been interested in doing but never been able to deliver because of our geographic location. If you’re a company down in the Central Belt or North East of England, for example, then there are other options available to you in terms of not putting waste to landfill.
Last year, just before lockdown, we started working with a local waste removal and recycling company, and our ambition was that we weren’t going to move to them unless we could move to zero waste to landfill. So, there was a number of things that we had to do, we had to change internally, but they gave us the opportunity to do that – so two aspects: one was our food waste, we were able to put in place a way of putting our food waste and trade effluent waste to a biogas plant — 'waste to heat'. It meant we had to change a few of our processes and procedures internally to do that, again that was something that Waitrose has pushed us to be doing for ages, so we managed to implement that, I think in the mid-way point last year.
And then the second part was all about our general waste. So, the move is we’ve now gone to incineration for our general waste and then we do elements of recycling on site as well. Where we can recycle, things like all our cardboard, we will, we do that ourselves, also our used polystyrene boxes that we get our fish delivered in, we’ve got a company that uplifts that for us and they recycle that. And there’s stuff that we’ve been doing for a number of years, like our wooden pallets again, we get those uplifted by a local company and they get reused where possible as well. So it’s slightly more expensive because we’re now sending stuff — piggy-backing on what the waste removal company do with others and it’s all going down for waste into incineration so the next phase of our development is going to be to try and reduce the amount of waste we are producing. So, we've started doing more segregation on site; start using less materials or throwing away less material and recycling what we can.
On the food waste side, yes we’re not putting anything to landfill, but we’re working on initiatives that create less food waste in the first instance. We’re on a journey but we’ve made some good steps forward in the last year.