Food from all 280 of its stores that is unfit for consumption will be passed to anearobic digestion (AD) company Cawleys, or use it for composting, while food that is still usable will be donated within local comunities, it has announced.
Waitrose recycling and waste manager Mike Walters said:
"We work hard to minimise food waste in the first instance, but inevitably we generate some surplus food. Where it is not fit to be donated to the local community, AD has proven to be a sustainable way of eliminating the need to send it to landfill, reducing our impact on the environment and creating renewable energy along the way."
Cawleys sales director Tony Goodman added:
"With an increasing number of AD plants available to companies, even more food waste can be diverted from landfill - a sustainable as well as cost-effective decision that more companies should be taking in the future."