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Walmart aims for 'zero waste' to landfills by 2025
11 September 2018
Walmart stores in the United States, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom have a sustainability goal of zero waste by 2025. The retailer’s 2018 sustainability report says that by the end of last year, Walmart had already diverted 81 per cent of its US waste and 78 per cent of its global waste from landfills.
Walmart defines 'zero waste' as meeting or exceeding Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) business recognition programme requirements.
“In 2005, Walmart began to look at the interplay of waste and usable materials and to seriously examine our own operations, looking for ways to reduce waste of all kinds,” the company’s latest sustainability report says. “Today we have a deeper understanding of the challenges and are engaging suppliers and customers in pursuit of the circular economy.”
Walmart has reduced food waste by various means, including donating unsold food to local food banks and repurposing inedible food through animal feed and composting. For nonfood waste, the retailer has donated or recycled surplus products, switched to reusable packing containers, and recycled secondary packaging.