Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s have just announced that they are to invest in more facilities at their stores to try and encourage customers to recycle more items, thus helping to reduce to amount of waste that is sent to landfills. Sainsbury’s have said that they are working with local authorities across the UK to reinvigorate the recycling facilities they have in place for the customer.
Once they have undergone their transformation, these facilities will offer a comprehensive and much more consistent service, making it much easier for customers to recycle household materials, and is intended to complement the existing, kerbside collections.
Sainsbury’s have teamed up with Palm Recycling, who are one of the leading providers if ‘bring bank’ services, as well as Valpak and Oxfam, in order to introduce their new recycling system and aims to not only increase recycling rates, but also reduce costs to local authorities and offer a facility that is both aesthetically pleasing and customer friendly.
Sainsbury’s, together with Palm Recycling, will from this month start working with local councils to take over managing the customer recycling facilities. These have the potential to extend across the UK to take in up to 350 recycling sites.
The new look, front of store recycling services will be managed by Palm Recycling, and will comprise of standard recycling containers for mixed glass, plastics, cans, paper and card, textiles and small WEEE; waste electrical and electronic equipment. The containers will also display the well known ‘Recycle Now’ logo and familiar colour coding so customers can select the correct container easily.
Paul Crewe is the head of engineering, sustainability, energy and environment for Sainsbury’s, and he has said that the company is committed to reducing the impact their operations have on the environment, as well as assisting their customers in reducing their household waste and recycling more.