In its responsibility programme, Kesko is committed to achieving zero landfill waste and is continuously looking for new ways to minimise the amount of waste generated in its operations and to increase recycling. This agreement opens up the possibility for all K-Group stores to enhance recycling and adopt modern circular economy.
Previously, the agreement covered the southern areas of Finland. But due to good experiences and convincing results it was expanded throughout the country. In 2015, the framework agreement covered 115 stores in southern Finland.
Circular economy as a source of new innovations
The successful cooperation of Kesko and L&T to achieve Kesko’s environmental targets spans several years. The recovery rate of waste from Kesko’s warehouse operations is currently 99% and the recycling rate is 88%.
”We are pioneers in promoting circular economy in our fields and we share the values in this work. Together, we have started to boldly innovate agile solutions for the future and created success stories that use the circular economy logic. They have been readily welcomed also by our customers who value responsibility,” says Timo Jäske, Sustainability Manager, Kesko's grocery trade.
Both Kesko and L&T see huge possibilities in circular economy and the companies’ experts are working in close cooperation in order to identify new circular economy innovations.
Circular economy does not generate any waste, as materials are used as efficiently as possible for raw materials of new products. The recyclability of materials is taken into account from the product design stage.
Examples of cooperation between Kesko and L&T
Clear plastic films collected from Kesko’s central warehouse and terminals are delivered to L&T Muoviportti. There they are turned into recycling material, which is used in the manufacture of Pirkka recyclable plastic bags.
Cardboard and plastic bales from K-stores in different parts of Finland are transported in Kesko’s return loads to district terminals and the central warehouse from where they are directed to recycling via L&T’s recycling plants. This has enabled the recycling rate of K-food stores in rural areas to be raised.
In order to enhance the recovery of food wastage, L&T takes the biowaste from K-stores to Gasum, whose biogas is then used in the manufacture of new Pirkka products.
This Christmas, L&T and Kesko will participate in a new type of experiment in which ham fat is collected from consumers for use by Neste in the manufacture of renewable diesel fuel.