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Asda vows to help indies recycle

Asda chief executive Andy Bond has offered independent retailers the use of the supermarket giant's recycling facilities.

Bond told delegates at last week's Retail Week Conference that Asda was trialling a recycling scheme with independents in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, that if successful could roll out across the UK.

He said: "When you are a small independent retailer the costs and difficulties of setting up a recycling scheme and other green initiatives can be challenging. Asda would genuinely like to offer some help. We have a very good recycling system with some spare capacity.

"I would like to find a way of offering that spare capacity to small retailers rather than seeing their waste go to landfill."

Bond said Asda recycled 140,000 tonnes of cardboard last year, equivalent to 8% of its total cardboard usage. It also recycled 500,000 tonnes of plastic.

He added: "Any retailers who want to join in with the Wakefield initiative should contact us. If the project is successful, I am happy to expand it across the country."

Bond told the conference that initiatives like this were the way forward for businesses wanting to make a difference environmentally.

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