JD Wetherspoon has teamed up with waste management company Veolia to help the pub group divert 100% of its waste from landfill by 2018.
The recycling scheme – covering the company’s more than 900 pubs, hotels and bars – will reportedly divert 11,500 tonnes of food waste from landfill and provide 3,450 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy a year.
All JDW waste handled by Veolia will be managed within the UK to further reduce the group’s carbon footprint.
Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice-president of Veolia UK & Ireland, said: “As one of the most well-known names on the high street, we’re proud to be working with the team at JD Wetherspoon and supporting them in achieving their goals of zero waste to landfill and protecting the environment by taking care of their recycling and general waste sustainably.”
David Willis, Wetherspoon’s contractor performance manager, said: “Wetherspoon is committed to leading the hospitality industry into a sustainable future. In line with our work with the Sustainable Restaurants’ Association, we take very seriously our commitment to minimise waste and opting for recycling wherever possible. We are pleased to highlight our commitment to a genuinely sustainable future by entering into partnership with Veolia UK for the management of our general waste, food waste and glass recycling.
“We are proud to announce our goal of zero waste being sent to landfill by the end of 2018, a target that we are well on the way to achieving. In addition, we are also continuing to innovate in partnership with Veolia UK to enable wider use of our recyclable products, increasing the amount of sundry items that are manufactured from recycled products such as drinks trays or garden furniture.”