Waste and sustainability news

27 January 2021
To save you time, we’ve picked out and summarised our most popular news in January. This month, we’ve looked at how retailers and manufacturers are striving to add logistical capacity, expand their omnichannel offering and contribute to a more sustainable world. Mars UK’s investment in two new depots (read here ) Mars UK has teamed up with logistics provider DHL to invest £350m in it...
21 January 2021
Heinz has replaced plastic shrink-wrap packaging on all its multipack canned products with sustainably certified paperboard sleeve. Removing 550 tonnes of plastic from circulation According to Heinz, the new “eco-sleeve” is fully recyclable and is approved by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). In addition, the new sleeve also uses 50% less material than a full...
20 January 2021
Mars UK has announced a multi-year partnership with DHL that will see it invest £350m in its logistics network. Two new depots, the size of 13 football pitches According to Mars UK, the partnership will see the construction of two new depots that will have a combined square footage of over a million feet – or 13 football pitches. The sites will become fully operational in the spring of 2022...
14 January 2021
PepsiCo announced plans to more than double its climate goal, and commits to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040. One decade earlier than called for in the Paris agreement Before reaching carbon neutrality by 2040, the manufacturer intends first to reduce absolute GHG emissions across its direct operations (Scope 1 and 2) by 75% and its indirect value chain (Scope 3) by 40% by 2030 (against ...
05 January 2021
Unilever has teamed up with Alibaba to create Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered recycling machines that are able to automatically sort plastic packaging. “Waste Free World” The initiative, called “Waste Free World”, is due to accelerate the process of returning high grade plastic back into a closed-loop recycling system, and to contribute to changing consumer behaviour through the incent...
04 January 2021
Tesco has announced it has removed one billion pieces of plastic from its UK business in just one year by working with its suppliers. Targeting plastic shrink wraps and plastic wraps, small plastic bags and plastic from Christmas products and packaging The removal of one billion pieces of plastic (or the one billion target) formed part of Tesco’s commitment to tackle plastics through its 4R...
23 December 2020
The UK’s fourth largest supermarket, WM Morrison Supermarkets plc, is adding 150 innovative trailers to its fleet, designed in conjunction with Tiger Trailers. ‘more products, fewer miles’ While Morrisons has historically used temperature-controlled box van trailers for most of its UK store deliveries, it identified that ambient moving double deck trailers could increase both efficiency and...
14 December 2020
Central England Co-op is running a trial of refill station at its new flagship store in Lichfield. In partnership with Suma The zero-waste refill station was developed in partnership with Suma, a wholesale worker co-operative. Suma supplies the products in the refill hub, such as pulses, cereals, nuts and dried fruits. The latest trial, which will allow shoppers to fill their own contain...
11 December 2020
Co-op has announced plans to replace its entire fleet of fossil-powered home delivery vans with electric versions. 200 diesel vans phased out by 2025 The move indicates Co-op’s commitment to accelerate zero emissions deliveries and reduce its total greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2025. The retailer intends to use initially Renault Kangoo EVs. However, the choice of model might change...
11 December 2020
Nestlé announced plans to offer reusable containers for its Nesquik cocoa powder, Ricoré chicory and coffee drink, as well as Chocapic Bio cereals, in partnership with Carrefour and Loop, a circular ecommerce platform developed by TerraCycle. Stainless-steel containers The move is the latest display of Nestlé’s efforts to cut down packaging through alternative packaging delivery systems. Sh...