Waste Minimisation and Recycling

The Waste Minimisation Programme for supermarkets encourages stores to focus on recycling and reusing waste at back of store, with landfill being a last resort. 


Working with our service provider EnviroNZ, stores on the programme have a target of achieving 80% diversion from landfill in year 1 and 90% by the end of year 2.

The programme has proved a great success with 115 stores and distribution centres transitioned across to the programme in 2017. 


Waste streams for recycling or reuse:

Under the programme stores separate out up to ten different waste streams including:

  • Cardboard
  • Plastic wrap
  • Paper
  • Mixed recyclables (cans, plastics and glass)
  • Packaged goods
  • Protein (meat and fish waste)
  • Bakery and produce

The composition of the waste diverted from landfill in August 2016 is shown below:


Food Waste

There are two distinct categories of food waste: food fit for human consumption and food that is not fit for human consumption.

For food which can't be sold but is still fit for human consumption, most stores work with food rescue organisations and local food banks. These organisations receive donations of food close to its best before date or day-old bakery goods, which are redistributed to local people in need. 

Food waste that is not fit for human consumption, e.g. food past its use-by date, produce and butchery trimmings, is used for animal feed or goes for reprocessing or to commercial composting operations.

Diversion and recycling rates

Over 12 months, Foodstuffs sites on the programme will divert over 25,000 tonnes of waste away from landfill to other uses. This is approximately 80% of the total tonnage of waste produced.



On average, stores have improved recycling from a respectable 65% to an impressive 80% plus.  Some stores have already hit their 24-month target of 90%.

Seven Sharp featured PAK’nSAVE Kapiti's waste journey

Watch the story here.


WasteMINZ Awards for Excellence 2016

At the WasteMINZ awards in October 2016 Foodstuffs, in partnership with its waste services provider EnviroNZ, won the award for “Best project or initiative in the commercial or public sectors”, for its waste minimisation programme.

 WasteMINZ 2016

WasteMINZ Awards winners Foodstuffs and EnviroNZ” (L-R) Dave Elder (EnviroNZ) Jennifer Elliott (Foodstuffs) and Carol Dunn (EnviroNZ) receive award from John Kernahan (SULO NZ).

Read more about it here.



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