Palm Recycling working with Sainsbury’s to manage recycling banks


Supermarket Sainsbury’s is to partner with Palm Recycling, Oxfam and Valpak to introduce a new series of recycling banks at its stores.

From this month, Sainsbury’s and Palm Recycling will begin working with councils to take over the management of the customer recycling facilities. This could be up to 350 recycling sites in the UK.


Palm Recycling will manage the new-look front of store recycling service which comprises standardised recycling containers for mixed paper and card, mixed glass, mixed plastics, mixed cans, textiles and small WEEE.

The banks will also carry the Recycle Now logo and colour coding to help customers select the correct container.

Palm Recycling business development director Mandy Kelly said: “We are delighted to be partnering Sainsbury’s in this way and the initiative shows Sainsbury’s commitment to its positive waste usage goal.

“The enhanced recycling facilities will offer a greater sense of convenience to Sainsbury’s customers and also deliver potential cost efficiencies for local authorities.”

Sainsbury’s head of engineering, sustainability, energy and environment Paul Crewe said: “At Sainsbury’s we are committed to reducing the impact of our operations on the environment as well as helping our customers to reduce their household waste and recycle more often.

“As a nation we’re getting better at recycling but there is much more we need to do to minimise the impact on landfill so we’re looking to customers to make the most of these facilities and recycle more often in their communities.

“By making this service as convenient as possible for customers we’re hoping that it will become part of their weekly shop, and the feedback we’ve received from the trial indicates that customers are in favour of a more comprehensive service.

“This is particularly the case if their current kerbside service doesn’t collect materials which these new facilities accommodate such as clothing, mixed plastics and small electrical items.”