Prestigious award for the Co-operative Group

Pictured is the Co-op on Trinity Road, Brechin
Pictured is the Co-op on Trinity Road, Brechin

The Co-operative Group has received an award for it’s initiative which diverts waste from their food stores - including in Brechin - away from landfill.

The group received the prestigious IGD Industry Award for Environmental Sustainability for the second year running, thanks to the ground-breaking recycling scheme.

The scheme maximises recycling and anaerobic digestion processes and minimises the use of incineration. It will eventually divert more than 34,000 tonnes of food store waste away from landfill every year, which will be re-cycled, re-used, turned into energy or sold on.

The Environmental Sustainability award recognises positive initiatives developed by food and non-food companies with regard to their impact on environmental sustainability.

The judges praised the innovative nature of the scheme, delivered across one of the most diverse retail estates, which they said demonstrated clear business and sustainable benefits.

David Roberts, director of trading property of the Co-operative Food, said: “This award is recognition of all the fantastic people in our business and the hard work they put in to find a robust, but commercially viable, system to divert all our food store waste away from landfill.

“Our team excelled themselves in delivering such a scheme, for one of the largest and most complex food retail networks in the UK.”