25/10/2013 - Z updates
Z has made a commitment to reduce shop operation waste to landfill by 70% by 2015.
In order to get after this goal, we’ve been working together with our staff to implement recycling on-site. An audit done at the end of last year showed us that about two-thirds of our waste came from our own shop operations, and about a third from the forecourt.
We’ve started by putting in place some more complex systems in our service stations to separate waste on-site, into general waste, food waste (like unsold pies), co-mingled recycling (like glass and plastic bottles, and cans) paper, and cardboard packaging. These separate waste streams are then transferred into the relevant recycling wheelie bins out the back of the store, and collected for recycling. In the case of the food waste, it’s sent for composting and re-distributed as horticultural fertilizer and garden compost. We now have food waste pick-ups from over 70 of our stations, and have already diverted more than 40 tonnes of waste from landfill to composting this year!
In order to help our customers on, we’ve rolled out a first tranche of forecourt recycling bins across 24 sites. Feedback we’ve had so far is that customers love them, and are really pleased to see Z providing the ability to dispose of recyclable material when filling up at our stations.
Both the forecourt bins and the internal separation of waste has seen some stations recycling up to 89% of their total waste, and about a third reduction in waste going to landfill across the network so far.
A second roll-out of forecourt recycling bins is planned at 25 more stations for later in the year.
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