Morrisons trials ‘zero waste’ stores in Edinburgh
Targeting waste: new facilities for consumers
Morrisons has announced that its six supermarkets in Edinburgh will become “zero waste” stores in a pilot scheme which aims to recycle all packaging and unsold food by 2025.
The company will also introduce recycling points for customers to deposit a range of unwanted items from crisp packets to face masks.
If the scheme is successful it will be introduced to all of its 498 outlets across the UK.
Morrisons is working win partnership with confectionery group Nestle as it aims to recycle soft plastic in the UK instead of sending it overseas for processing.
Store waste will be sorted by staff in storage rooms, including soft and hard plastics, cardboard, food waste, green waste, PPE, tins, cans and foils.
Morrison said it will also offer more unsold goods through its Too Good To Go app, where surplus food is sold at a discount. More will be distributed to the needy in local communities.
Jamie Winter, sustainability procurement director at Morrisons, said: “We believe that we can, at a stroke, enable these trial stores to move from recycling around 27% of their general waste to over 84%, and with a clear line of sight to 100%.