Tesco is Ireland’s leading food retailer serving over 1 million customers weekly from 107 stores throughout Ireland and employing over 13,000 people. We are committed to delivering low prices, value, choice, range and service. In addition, we are also proud supporters of the Irish food industry and last year alone Tesco bought €65 million worth of Irish food and drink exports, ranking Tesco ahead of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and the USA.
As part of the company’s Climate Change strategy, we committed to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill from our stores. This ambitious target meant that Tesco would become the first Irish retailer to recover and recycle 100% of operational waste. All tertiary cardboard and plastic is currently recycled but a solution was required to recover and manage additional waste streams.
Increasing our operational recycling has reduced our rate of disposal going to landfill and the associated benefits from that. The programme has also raised awareness amongst our staff on the importance of recycling and how they can bring these associated learnings and behaviours into their homes. It also shows by example that the company is committed to managing its environmental impacts.
In order to ensure success and compliance, the scheme was rolled out on a phased basis and monitored closely to ensure best practice.
Practical simple solutions, staff training, monitoring and tracking are all key to changing behaviour and helping us towards our goal of ‘zero waste to landfill’.
Corporate Purchasing and Retail Operations.
Emer Warring, Purchasing Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org