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Central England Co-op announces on World Environment Day it has ditched single-use carrier bags


By Julie Graham, Business Editor


Central England Co-operative, which has stores in Terrington St Clement and Dersingham, has stated it no longer offers single-use carrier bags in its food stores.

As part of World Environment Day, today June 5, the retailer has revealed that it has phased the bags out of circulation in recent months across 244 stores and they are now no longer available, saving 12 million pieces of single-use plastic per year.

Customers will now be offered a 10p biodegradable bag for life as an alternative or, where local council refuse collections can accommodate, a compostable bag.

Co-op customers will now be offered a 10p biodegradable bag for life as an alternative(11738795)
Co-op customers will now be offered a 10p biodegradable bag for life as an alternative(11738795)

World Environment Day encourages worldwide awareness and action to protect the environment and to mark the day the Society has highlighted a number of significant achievements in supporting the environment.

The retailer has reduced its total carbon footprint by 70 per cent since 2010, leaping from 59 per cent when it was last measured.

The reduction has been delivered thanks to the halving of energy consumption through the installation of a range of energy efficient technologies such as LED lighting, solar panels and adding doors to chillers, alongside changes to its funeral and distribution network reducing road miles and increasing fuel efficiency.

Luke Olly, Central England Co-op’s energy and environment lead, said: “As a responsible business, we are committed to minimising our impact on the environment.

“We are delighted to mark World Environment Day by sharing with our customers and colleagues what we have achieved to reduce our impact on the environment."

“We will continue to work on our long-term focus areas, aligned with UN Sustainable Development goals, which are to mobilise on climate change, minimise plastics impact, collaborate on waste, accessible sustainable products, improving community air quality and protecting water resources.”

Other environmental achievements accomplished by Central England Co-operative include the rollout of a pioneering food redistribution scheme to 230 food stores that is set to cut food waste by 40 per cent and achieving the Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, waste and water reduction for a second time.

Central England Co-operative also continues to support The Courtauld Commitment 2025 as a signatory, an ambitious voluntary agreement bringing together organisations across the food system to help cut the carbon, water and waste associated with food and drink by at least one-fifth in ten years.


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