Tesco has renewed its contract with Norbert Dentressangle for the management of 12 recycling service units throughout the UK and Ireland.
The recycling network handles all loose equipment and packaging waste from some 2,000 Tesco stores. Trays, flower buckets, roll cages and dollies are collected by store delivery vehicles on the return leg and delivered to the recycling service units.
Dentressangle is responsible for managing the units, washing equipment, baling packaging waste and sorting equipment to be reused by the supermarket and its suppliers.
The operation currently employs around 800 people. Each year it handles 225 million trays and flower buckets and recycles more than 300,000 tonnes of card and plastic.
In 2008, these recycling units contributed almost 80 per cent of the 400,000 tonnes of material recycled by Tesco in the UK. This contributes to its target to divert 95 per cent of store waste from landfill.