Using all our leftovers!

Cutting food waste can make a big difference – to the planet and your pocket. On average, every household throws away £480 worth of perfectly good food and drink every year. When food ends up in landfill it rots down, giving off greenhouse gases, which contributes to climate change.

You'll be pleased to hear that non of our stores send food to landfill. We reduce food waste as much as we can - anything that is not fit for consumption from our depots is sent to FareShare and distributed to their network of charities and any other surplus stock from our stores is made into pet food or converted into energy at an anaerobic digestion plant.

Cutting our food waste

Helping cut your waste

  • What’s for afters? We don’t throw any store food waste into landfill. It’s either given to charity, or turned into something useful like energy, biofuel or pet food.

  • Size matters. We’re working with expert partners the Institute of Grocery Distribution and the Food Standards Authority to get portion sizes just right.

  • Eat fresh. Our packaging experts have created new ways to package food so it stays fresher for longer.

  • Food for FareShare. The food we donate helps reduce surplus food stock and makes a huge difference to people who need it.

  • Love food, hate waste. Working with WRAP’s Love Food, Hate Waste campaign, we’ve created lots of ways to help customers and colleagues cut their food waste.

  • Helping you. We’ve signed up to the Courtauld Commitments, an industry wide agreement to help you cut your food and drink waste over the next few years.

Our work so far (2005-2011):

  • No food waste is sent to landfill

  • In 2012 we ran the largest Love Food, Hate Waste campaign of any retailer.

  • The food that Asda sends to FareShare will result in 3.75 million meals by the end of 2013.

Our plans (2012-2015):

  • We're aiming for a 5% cut in household food and drink waste from our sector by 2015, working with our competitors on the Courtauld 3 Commitments.

  • We're moving away from 'Use By' dates to 'Best Before' dates where applicable.

Sustainability | Food Waste

At Asda, we don’t believe in wasting things, especially great tasting food. We want to focus on putting tasty food on your family’s plate, and not in the bin.

None of our stores send food to landfill as waste. If it’s still good quality it’s given to charities like Fareshare, who provide good quality food to vulnerable communities. Or it’s sent back to our Asda Service Centres (ASCs) we find ways to recycle it all.

Read more about what we're doing to cut waste
21 February 2011
Sustainability | Food Waste


As part of being a better business we want to know exactly where our food comes from, and we know you do too. We’re working closely with our suppliers to see where we can make savings including cutting back on food waste.

At Asda, we sell on average 100,000 bags of carrots a week! The carrots we sell in our bags are mostly the same shape and size, but we know that’s not how they come out of the ground. We visited one of our carrot suppliers to see how they get them that way, while making sure no carrots are left behind.

Read more about our visit and what we found
Posted in Sustainability | Food Waste on 21 February 2011