Key material diversion opportunities
The grant's initiatives are designed to reduce waste, promote recycling, and implement circular economy solutions across 115 sites within key groups within the Metcash network. These groups include:
- Metcash Food and Grocery Group: IGA, Food Works, Friendly Grocer
- Independent Hardware Group: Mitre10, Total tools, Home Hardware
- Metcash's National Logistics and Distribution Centre network: Perishables, Groceries, Liquor, and Hardware goods
- Metcash’s Private Label Product and Packaging Manufacturers
Our strategy requires engagement of the entire network, conducting site visits, and performing Bin Trim assessments and developing tailored action plans targeting priority initiatives focused on diverting plastic and organic waste from landfills.
Additionally, working with a private label packaging network, Edge plans to implement:
- Sustainable packaging interventions (Encompassing material avoidance and re-use)
- Material Substitution (to Lightweight, highly durable materials)
- Increasing recycled content
- Enhancing packaging design to promote end-use recycling
- Initiatives to prolonged shelf life and minimise waste
These measures are designed to reduce unnecessary packaging, enhance recyclability, and lower environmental impact.
The potential long-term impacts of this project, assuming complete network circular economy transformation, are substantial. Metcash's commitment includes dedicating additional resources and expertise to support the Bin Trim Networks program, recognising its value in waste avoidance and diversion.
The project offers the opportunity to upskill and build capabilities within the organisation for sustained circular economy and waste diversion efforts.
Partnering with Edge circular economy experts enables the targeting of key pillars in the supply chain and operations, addressing food waste and problematic plastics throughout Metcash's sites and independent stores.