Environmental work in warehouses and offices

ICA’s Swedish logistics operations have been ISO 14001 environmentally certified since 1998, which means a structured environmental work that strives for continuous improvement. All ICA’s warehouses in Sweden have renewable electricity, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 85% compared to normal electricity.

Food waste and waste management

ICA works to minimise waste and maintain high recycling rates in its warehouses and stores. As part of this, ICA works in partnership with several charitable organisations including the Salvation Army in Sweden and the Estonian Food Bank in Estonia. The organisations are given food from ICA’s warehouses that cannot be sold in stores, either because they are short dated or because of damaged packaging, even though the food is fully edible. These products meet the same basic food safety requirements as ICA’s other products. Food that has passed its best before date is never donated.

For a number of years ICA Norway has been involved in ForMat, a national initiative from Norwegian industry to reduce food waste by 25%. ICA Norway will be working together with ICA suppliers to reduce food waste further.

Recycling

ICA Sweden’s warehouses sort all their waste, and in 2013 100% (100%) was recycled, which is in line with the previous year.

Rimi Baltic in Estonia recycles all the packaging materials from its stores and warehouses, including polystyrene. This means that Rimi is now the only grocery company in Estonia to recycle all packaging materials. In 2013 more than 2,400 (2,000) tonnes of cardboard and over 280 (200) tonnes of plastic were collected.

Rimi Baltic in Latvia opened seven new public sorting locations at five stores in Riga during the summer. Glass and plastics can be sorted for recycling at the stations.

 


Total waste volume*, tonnes

Sweden

  

Norway

  

Baltics

  

*Sweden comprises waste from logistics, Norway and the Baltic countries comprises waste from logistics and stores.

Recycled, %

Sweden

  

Norway

  

Baltics

  

Incinerated waste, tonnes

Sweden

  

Norway

  

Baltics

  
Recovered/recycled, tonnes

Sweden

  

Norway

  

Baltics

  

Compostable, tonnes

Sweden

  

Norway

  

Baltics

  

*From 2011, The Baltics use this fraction.

Landfill, tonnes

Sweden

  

Norway

  

Baltics