High Five to Mark & Spencer’s Plan A


We were delighted to hear this week of Marks & Spencer’s plans to make more out of glass recycling. As M&S celebrates five years of its “Plan A” ethical business strategy, the popular high street company also claimed it had become the first carbon neutral retailer, sending zero waste to landfill.


M&S’ head of Plan A delivery, Adam Elman, told edieWaste that the company is currently in discussions with its glass jar and wine bottle manufacturers to source and return higher quality levels of glass to them through better segregation methods at its stores and distribution centres. 

“The mixed glass we collect from our stores we are looking to separate out and also remove the ceramics so the clear glass can be sent back direct. By returning more of this material to our manufacturers, it will help them reduce the energy usage of their furnaces,” he said. 


We believe that Mark & Spencer is a great example of how a business can profit through adopting sustainable practices.  According to Elman, the revenue M&S now derives from its recycling activities, coupled with the avoidance of landfill cost and reduction in staff time associated with processing food waste, delivered an annual net benefit of £6.3m in 2011-12.Cheers to that!


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