Food waste case study
Sainsbury’s is one of the largest supermarkets in the UK, operating around 280 stores in London, and it has made a number of sustainability commitments to reduce its impact on the environment and to help customers make more sustainable choices.
Sainsbury’s is working to reduce food waste across its operations, from its supply chain to its stores and customer’s homes. The supermarket has set a target to halve its food waste by 2030 and has implemented a range of measures to achieve this.
The company has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040, ten years ahead of the UK Government’s target.
Overall, Sainsbury’s push for greater sustainability demonstrate a strong commitment to reducing its environmental impact and promoting sustainable practices throughout its operations and supply chain.
In 2019, Sainsbury’s began working with Bio collectors to collect food waste from its stores in London and recycle it into renewable energy.
The collaboration began with 99 sites in London with each store having its own individual collection schedule based on their unique needs. In Jan 2023 Sainsbury’s expanded the partnership to include further 123 stores across London. Bio collectors now collect on average 151 tonnes of food waste each month from a total number of 222 stores.
The food waste is collected in 240ltr wheelie bins and transported on specialist CNG trucks powered by the food waste collected from Bio collectors customers, including Sainsbury’s.