May 10, 2021

Aldi Australia is launching multiple initiatives to help it reduce the amount of food waste it sends to landfill to zero by 2023.

The company also wants to send no waste of any kind to landfill by 2025, an aim that ties in with the Australian government’s efforts to reduce waste.

As part of its efforts to cut waste, the supermarket group will allocate more food for animal consumption if it is deemed unsuitable for people.

Aldi is also debuting a new range – Market Buy – of slightly imperfect seasonal fruits and vegetables, which the company said would enable growers to sell a greater proportion of their produce for consumption.

In a statement, Daniel Baker, Aldi Australia’s Corporate Responsibility Director, said the company was taking “viable and impactful” measures to reduce waste.

“Our commitment will see the business reduce the amount of waste created, and reuse or recycle materials to cease unnecessary waste from being sent to landfill,” he said. “It is our intention that collectively these actions will make a difference.”

Other measures include doubling food donations, increasing segregated waste collection at stores and expanding closed-loop recycling.

The Australian government has a National Waste Policy Action Plan that aims for a 10% cut in the total waste per person sent to landfill by 2030. The action plan also aims to halve the amount of organic waste that ends up in landfill sites.

“Aldi Australia’s commitment to reducing waste and improving sustainable practices will hopefully have an immense flow-on effect across its supply chain, and through to consumers,” Sussan Ley, Australia’s minister for the environment, said in the statement.

January marked two decades since German-headquartered Aldi opened its first stores in Australia. The company is now the country’s third-largest supermarket group with a 12.4% market share, behind only Woolworths and Coles.

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