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Aldi Australia targets food in drive to eliminate waste to landfill

Aldi Australia has taken another step toward more sustainable local operations, announcing it is committing to zero waste to landfill by 2025.

The plan, according to Aldi, is to first focus on reducing food waste to landfill by 2023 by expanding segregated waste collection at stores and doubling food donations across its business, while executing on closed loop recycling opportunities within Aldi’s supply chain.

The commitment follows Aldi’s plan to power its operations entirely with renewable energy, and trials of instore recycling services to help consumers to reduce their waste footprint for items such as coffee capsules and soft plastics, as well as harder to recycle items such as batteries.

“Every present and future action taken to achieve our zero-waste commitment has been carefully considered to ensure the solution is both viable and impactful,” said Aldi Australia corporate responsibility director Daniel Baker.

“Our commitment will see the business reduce the amount of waste created and reuse or recycle materials to cease unnecessary waste from being sent to landfill. It is our intention that, collectively, these actions will make a difference.”

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said she is hopeful Aldi’s commitment will have a flow-on effect across its supply chain and through to consumers.

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