ALDI Australia will double the amount of unsold food it sends to charities such as FoodShare as part of their commitment to send zero food waste to landfill by 2023.
To support this initiative any food unfit for human consumption will be donated as animal feed and the supermarket will expand segregated waste collection at stores as well as launch a new range of fresh fruit and vegetables with minor imperfections.
Australia wastes more than 7.3 million tonnes of food every year, costing the economy more than $20 billion annually.
ALDI’s zero waste commitment was launched in Albury on Monday 3 May by ALDI Australia Customer Interactions Director Adrian Christie and Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley.
The zero food waste commitment is on the way to ALDI's bigger ambitious target to send zero food or other waste to landfill by 2025.
This is in line with the Australian government’s National Waste Policy Action Plan, which aims to reduce the total waste generated in Australia by 10 per cent per person and to halve the amount of organic waste sent to landfill by 2030.
Image: Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley with FoodShare General Manager Peter Matthews at the launch of ALDI’s zero waste commitment (credit Mark Jesser)