Cutting waste from our stores, depots and offices

Asda is one of the biggest UK supermarket retailers, with over 400 stores across the UK. We know the impact our stores, depots and offices can have, especially when it comes to waste. We’re working hard to make sure not even a single bin bag from our operations goes to landfill.

We do this by recycling as much as possible, and working with partners who use cutting-edge technology like energy recovery, which turns waste such as the sweepings from our car parks, into energy.

Cutting our store/operations waste

Helping you cut your waste

  • Miles better. Our regional Asda Service Centres (ASCs) mean we fill our empty delivery lorries with store waste when they go back to local depots. This cuts down road miles and makes it easier for us to recycle as much as possible.

  • Park ‘n’ recycle. We’ve set up in-store recycling facilities in most of our car parks for all those little things your Council might not collect, including carrier bags, batteries and clothing.

Our work so far (2005-2011):

  • We’ve diverted over 96.5%* of waste from our operations from landfill.

  • We’ve diverted 96%* of our construction waste from landfill.

  • We’ve diverted 100%* of our returned George clothes from landfill.

Our plans (2012-2015):

  • We will continue to work towards diverting 100% of our operations from landfill.

  • We aim to maintain 100%** diversion of our returned George clothes from landfill.

  • Together with Walmart, we've got a global goal to reduce carrier bag usage by 33% in 2013.

*absolute – means that even though we’re growing as a business, the total amount of waste we produce has gone down since 2005.
    **from a 2005 baseline.
    Sustainability | Store Waste

    At Asda we don’t want to waste anything. Our aim is to send no waste to landfill, right across the business – from clothing to construction – and we’re proud of how well we’re doing. None of our returned George clothing goes to landfill, and we were the first retailer to sign WRAP’s construction waste charter. Recently we were highly commended for sustainable construction in the business.

    Read more on how we cut our operational waste
    Posted in Sustainability | Store Waste on 21 February 2011
    Sustainability | Store Waste

    We know it can be tricky to cut down on waste, so we’re looking at finding as many ways as possible to help you out. Here’s just a few of the things we’re doing, helping you do your bit for the environment…


    In the UK, we only recycle about 5% of all household batteries. The rest end up in landfill where harmful chemicals leak into the soil, affecting the environment. We’ve now got special recycling bins in our supermarkets, so give us your used batteries and we’ll make sure they’re taken care of properly.

    Read more on how we help you cut your waste
    Posted in Sustainability | Store Waste on 21 February 2011