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Waste and pollution

Recycling strategies by retailers

Many major food, clothing and furniture retailers, now have 'zero waste to landfill' targets. This means that within a few years, they aim to recycle 100% of their waste, with none of it going to landfills. To do this they look at sustainable [sustainable: Doing something in a way that minimises damage to the environment and avoids using up natural resources, eg by using renewable resources. ] ways to process and recycle waste. An audit of materials used has to take place to identify where waste is occuring, and then strategies are undertaken to recycle or cut down on this material.

Activities that recycle waste

  • Waste plastics from the stores should be recycled into carrier bags for customer use.
  • Packaging for products should be minimised.
  • Waste packaging is recycled into products such as tissues.
  • Organic (food) waste is converted into biomass energy, which can be sold back into the national grid.

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