The John Lewis Partnership has announced plans to recycle all of its plastic each year, reports

Mike Walters, recycling and waste operations manager at the company, explained that the company wants to reach its zero-landfill target by the end of the year. In his opinion, the exciting part is how plastic can be reprocessed and reused at its Waitrose and John Lewis stores.

A key part of the firm’s pledge involves a new contract with Centriforce Products to reprocess 3,000 tonnes of plastic each year. The retail group’s commitment to being green may even inspire customers to use their own kitchen recycling bins to ensure that as much material as possible is reused.

He said: “We want to be completely transparent in our approach to waste management and ensure that as much as possible is recycled and then reused in our own businesses. We are committed to keeping ownership of our waste all the way to its final destination, by working collaboratively with Centriforce we are able to retain control over what happens to it.”

According to, Centriforce Products has described its deal with John Lewis as being a “landmark” arrangement – the pledge to recycle all plastics is believed to be a first among UK retailers, with the Centriforce contract initially lasting for one year.

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