Sainsbury’s has announced that it is the first UK retailer to recycle its old food crates into more efficient ones made from 100 percent recycled material.
Recycling these crates to a more efficient crate type will significantly reduce empty crate transport – reducing the number of road journeys needed to transport crates back to suppliers.
The crates, recycled for Sainsbury’s by Schoeller Allibert, are the first in the UK to be made from 100 percent recycled material and meet European Food Safety Authority Standards so they can transport food safely.
Simon Stokoe, Sainsbury’s Supply Chain – “This piece of work was not only about making the right decision for Sainsbury’s from an efficiency perspective – it was also about making sure we did it sustainably. A win win”
Two million old, inefficient crates are ground down into plastic flakes, which are washed and dried. Recycling the old crates into the new type means that all crates are standardised and stack together more efficiently, which also makes the whole transport chain more efficient, according to Sainsbury’s, creating transport volume reduction for suppliers.
Simon Stokoe, senior strategy manager for Sainsbury’s Supply Chain said: “This piece of work was not only about making the right decision for Sainsbury’s from an efficiency perspective – it was also about making sure we did it sustainably. A win win.”
Simon Moulson, head of retail sales for Schoeller Allibert said: “Schoeller Allibert’s EFSA-approved recycling and remoulding process has been developed to help retailers meet increasing stringent sustainability targets as well as strict food safety and hygiene standards.”