We have a goal to reduce 70% of Z’s retail operation landfill-bound waste by 2015. We’ve embarked on a network-wide recycling programme to waste less within our business.
We have worked with our Retailers, site staff and waste service providers to work out what we’re wasting and where, and come up with waste reduction plans for every site. We have recycling bins (for paper/cardboard, co-mingled, and food waste) on-site and have rolled out forecourt recycling bins across 103 sites so far (with more planned!). So far this year, we’ve diverted 226 tonnes of food waste from landfill into composting. We have a network of ‘Waste Warriors’ at our service stations, leading their teams into action on recycling, and competing against each other for the prize of top Z Waste Warrior – the winning site, Z Belfast, last year recycled an average of 85% of all waste on site.
Based on early data, we’re about halfway to our goal of reducing our waste to landfill by 70%.
We’re continuing to roll out more forecourt recycling bins across the network and to work with site staff to increase the amount of waste going to recycling. We’re always looking at ways of reducing the amount of material we bring onto our sites in the first place; such as recently reviewing the number of magazine deliveries to ensure we reduce before we recycle.
We’re also giving away coffee grounds to gardeners to put on their roses, and unsold food to pig farmers in those more rural areas without a food waste pick-up service.