Tanya Blake, of Sainsbury’s, feeds Crotchet the lemur some of the fruit and veg the Isle of Wight store donates to the Owl and Monkey Haven. Picture by Laura Holme.
SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury’s is putting its waste to good use.
The retailer said it had achieved its aim to divert all the waste from its stores away from landfill.
Nationally, the company has more than 300 food donation partnerships — a scheme which sees surplus edible food donated to charities and community projects.
On the Island, Sainsbury’s works with FareShare, a leading food redistribution charity to help relieve food poverty.
It also supports the Owl and Monkey Haven and Seaview Wildlife Encounter with fruit and vegetables to feed the lemurs, moneys and birds.
There are also plastic bag recycling banks.
Newport store manager, Paul Dyer, said: "Our recycling facilities are used by our customers and it’s great they’re helping us to reduce our impact on the environment and send no waste to landfill."
Other areas which have helped the retailer become No Waste to Landfill include:
• Any remaining food waste is turned into energy through anaerobic digestion;
• General waste is baled, sorted and recycled or turned into fuel.