Woolworths has set the ambitious target of diverting all food waste from landfill by 2015. As Australia's largest food retailer, this is a great target to work towards and will be achieved by:
- developing waste avoidance initiatives with suppliers
- educating consumers about minimising food waste
- adopting smarter in-store practices to reduce surplus
- donating any surplus edible food to charities through the Fresh Food Rescue Program
- composting food waste that can't be eaten.
Woolworths National Sustainability Manager Armeniah Mardirossian said "avoiding and managing food waste has positive outcomes for our business, customers, community and the environment".
Woolworths is seeing big benefits from avoiding food waste including:
- business and consumer cost savings
- more people in need receive food aid through food donation
- energy, water and waste savings due to a more efficient supply of food
- reduced greenhouse gas emissions from the diversion of food waste from landfill.
"As one of Australia's largest companies, and the largest in the food industry, our actions have a significant impact on our suppliers, staff, customers, competitors and communities in which we operate. We have a responsibility to be sustainable in our own practices and to set a high benchmark for sustainable business practice in the food and grocery industry. Our zero food waste goal does just that," said Ms Mardirossian.