Tackling Retail Waste – A Practical Guide

As a waste management company, we recognize the crucial impact that retail waste can have on our environment. As the UK’s retail industry continues to grow, the amount of retail waste produced has become a pressing issue.

Retail Waste – The facts and figures

What is retail waste?

In fact, the retail sector is one of the largest contributors to waste generation in the UK, generating an estimated 1.1 million tonnes of waste annually. This staggering amount of waste requires immediate action and innovative solutions to manage it effectively and sustainably. 

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The retail industry produces waste in many forms, including packaging, food waste, and non-recyclable materials such as plastics.

These materials contribute to the landfill and pollute the environment, which can have a detrimental effect on the planet’s ecosystems. Additionally, retail waste can increase the cost of waste disposal for businesses and local authorities.

According to WRAP UK, the waste generated by the retail sector has a carbon footprint of 4.5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of 1.5 million cars. 

These staggering figures demonstrate the need for a more sustainable approach to retail waste management.

The Benefits of Effective Retail Waste Management

Effective retail waste management has numerous benefits, including:

Cost Savings: 

By reducing the amount of waste generated and increasing recycling, businesses can save money on waste disposal costs.

Environmental Sustainability:

By reducing waste sent to landfill and increasing recycling, businesses can significantly reduce their carbon footprint and help to preserve the environment.


Effective waste management can enhance a business’s reputation as an environmentally responsible company.

Retail waste is a significant challenge that requires a sustainable approach to management. As a waste management company, we are committed to helping businesses reduce their waste and increase recycling. 

By working together, we can help to preserve the environment, reduce carbon emissions, and save businesses money on waste disposal costs. 

How CDDL can help manage your Retail Waste

CDDL Recycling can help retailers manage their retail waste in a number of ways, including:

Waste Audits

We conduct waste audits to identify the types of waste that retailers generate and develop tailored solutions to reduce waste generation.

Recycling Programs

We offer comprehensive recycling programs that enable retailers to recycle a wide range of materials, such as plastics, paper and cardboard.

Food Waste Management

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We provide food waste management services that turn food waste into compost or energy, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Total Waste Management solutions

We work with retailers to develop waste reduction strategies that help to reduce the amount of waste generated in the first place.

By partnering with CDDL Recycling, retailers can reduce their environmental impact, enhance their sustainability efforts, and save money on waste disposal costs. 

Our waste management solutions are tailored to meet the unique needs of each retailer, and we are committed to providing sustainable solutions that benefit both businesses and the environment.

If your business would benefit from our retail waste management services, then get in touch today and arrange for your first scheduled collection.

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