Waste and Recycling
We’re really proud of our record on waste management. Since 2014, none of the waste we produce has been sent direct to landfill and we recycle 100% of our cardboard and plastic. We have also worked hard to ensure that we send zero food waste direct to landfill.
In February 2016 Aldi UK became one of the first signatories to Courtauld 2025, a ground-breaking 10-year commitment in the food industry with the aims of:
• Reducing food and drink waste by a fifth per person
• Reducing associated greenhouse gases by a fifth per person
• Improving water stewardship
The commitment focuses on building relationships between growers, manufacturers and retailers to reduce waste across the supply chain. We will be working closely with WRAP to plan how we can maximise our impact over the ten years of the programme.
For more information on Courtauld 2025, please see here:
Since 2012, we have donated food to vulnerable people through our work with FareShare, a registered charity that redistributes surplus food to local charities throughout the UK. This includes day-care shelters, women’s refuges and children’s breakfast clubs. Between June 2015 and June 2016, we donated the equivalent of over 216,000 meals. We also provide food to other smaller charities.
Company Shop & Community Shop
Through our partnership with Company Shop and Community Shop, we enable a number of our suppliers to sell surplus Aldi branded food products at discounted rates to those in need. The scheme also provides life skills training such as cookery and debt management – empowering people to gain employment.
Since the start of our partnership, we have:
• Saved 406 tonnes of food from landfill
• Saved an equivalent water footprint of 150 Olympic-sized swimming pools
• Saved the equivalent of 1,625 tonnes of CO2 - equal to taking 710 cars off the road for a year!
In Ireland, we support local charities by donating a proportion of our excess food from a number of our stores to charitable organisations through FoodCloud, Crosscare and the Bia Food Initiative.
Currently in Ireland, one in ten people are experiencing food poverty. FoodCloud is a not-for-profit organisation set up with the aim of addressing this problem, by matching businesses that have surplus food to charities within their communities who need it most.
In 2015, we began a trial with FoodCloud. Since then we have extended the partnership to over 70 Irish stores. Through the FoodCloud system, our stores are making connections with approximately 194 charities.
So far, our Irish stores have passed on a saving of €482,600 to its local charity partners in Ireland through food donations.
We are immensely proud of our FoodCloud partnership and, to show our commitment, we have pledged to donate the equivalent of 500,000 meals by the end of 2016.
Helping Suppliers Waste Less
National Farmers Union’s Fruit and Veg Pledge
In 2015, Aldi UK became the first retailer to sign up to the National Farmers Union’s (NFU’s) Fruit and Veg Pledge. This means that we have committed, among other things, to:
• Build long-term relationships with growers
• Honour agreements and contract terms
This helps our suppliers waste less by enabling them to align growing volumes more closely to demand.