Carrefour initiative cuts waste

By Nicholas Robinson

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Recycling

European supermarket group Carrefour has announced its future waste reduction targets, as well as its current achievements.

The France-based chain said in a statement that it had been strengthening the abilities of its stores and sites to curb food and packaging waste, through a major anti-waste programme.

“In order to effectively implement this initiative, the group has adopted a structured management system for the waste it generates and implemented schemes whereby it can be recycled in all areas in which it has a presence,”​ said the company.

“Teams and stores are therefore stepping up efforts in all countries to reduce waste at its source and hit ambitious recycling targets.”

In 2012, Carrefour said it had increased the amount of waste it could recycle from 58.4% to 63.9%, while its hypermarkets managed to sort and recycle 81% of their organic waste, which included food donations.

“In the region in and around Lille, a special initiative is under way to recover organic waste and convert it into biomethane which can then be used to power the lorries operated by the stores concerned. Carrefour is also targeting both its customers and employees in a bid to encourage them to recycle waste on a daily basis (providing them with waste recycling areas, for example),”​ it added.

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