News last update:6 Aug 2012

Sainsbury turns waste food into petfood

British supermarket giant Sainsbury has announced that its waste food is to be turned into pet food.

From this week waste from the retailer's stores in Northern Ireland, amounting to more than 1,200 tonnes a year, will be diverted from landfill and shipped across the border to the Irish Republic where it will be turned into pet food, animal feed and other materials.

The company aims to have no food waste going to landfill by next spring, and no waste of any kind ending up in landfill by the end of 2009. Lawrence Christensen, Head of Sainsbury's Environmental Action team, said: "We are absolutely delighted that from now on we can say that Northern Ireland is no longer sending food waste to landfill.

"This is the first step in our mission to end our use of landfill sites and to ensure that Sainsbury's remains the most environmentally responsible retailer in the UK."

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