Foodstuffs’ waste minimisation programme has been operating since 2014 and spans more than 130 sites across New Zealand.
The sites include New World and PAK’nSAVE stores, corporate offices and distribution centres. Collectively these sites divert about 85% of their total waste from landfill – that’s more than 3,000 tonnes per month. To date the programme has diverted about 200,000 tonnes from landfill and saved about 500,000 tonnes in CO2-e emissions entering the atmosphere. Additionally, Foodstuffs provides 8 million meals to local communities every year through its food rescue programme.
Until last year the waste minimisation programme focussed on waste segregation and diversion. Now it involves all waste streams, including recyclables and compostables. Foodstuffs is also shifting its focus to waste prevention rather than waste management. By transitioning to reusable crates to deliver goods to stores it has eliminated 18.5 million cardboard boxes per year. It has also removed 205 tonnes of plastic from its supply chain.