Greene King has announced a new target of zero waste sent to landfill by 2020.
The declaration follows the launch of Greene King’s partnership with waste management company SWR in April 2016 and commitment to Courtauld 2005 to create a best practice waste solution.
Since April 2016, Greene King has introduced a number of initiatives across its managed pubs, including a waste recycling backhaul scheme, where pub teams separate waste on-site into dedicated bins for food, cardboard, glass and other materials, which is returned via its dedicated food distribution network. This has reduced the number of general waste bins by 42%.
One year on and Greene King has diverted 95% from its landfill rate. Almost 8,000 tonnes of food have been diverted from landfill across the entire estate. The initiative has also resulted in the business increasing its recycle rate from 49% to 70% and saving over 3.9 tonnes of CO2, producing enough electricity (via the anaerobic digestion of food waste) to power more than 7,100 home for an entire month.
“We’re really pleased to announce our goal of zero waste to landfill by 2020 and the progress made so far towards it,” says Matt Todd, group trading director at Greene King. “Waste is a real issue for the hospitality industry, and with the total eating out market set to grow from an estimated £87.1bn in 2016 to £94.1bn in 2019, it is set to become more and more pressing. We’re delighted that, as a leader in the space, we’re able to set an example to the rest of the industry, and show that sustainability and an excellent offering can work hand in hand. The results show that we’re making real progress towards our goal, and we’re looking forward to implementing further initiatives over time.”