A company-wide focus on recycling has seen our rate of recycling increase to 2.3 times the quantity of waste sent to landfill. Our recycling of cardboard and plastic wrap over the last year has increased by 4% to 27,000 tonnes, meaning our recycling tonnage is now 39% greater than in 2006.
While the vast majority of our fresh fruit and vegetables are sold loose, we are also developing more sustainable packaging options for those fruits and vegetables that need to be packaged.
As part of this plan, in October 2015 we introduced new recyclable plastic containers for some tomatoes, summer fruit and kiwifruit products. These trays are made from food-grade recycled PET – commonly called RPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate). These new containers are also able to be recycled, through kerbside recycling collection.