In 2017, the firm diverted 78 percent of its global waste from landfill, with 342m kg of food donated to organizations that distributed it to people in need, the company reported in its its 2018 Global Responsibility Report.
It worked across its markets in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Japan to eliminate waste in its operations, with a particular focus on food waste and packaging.
The figures were based on reports from waste vendors, food banks and stores on the material handling and waste diversion processes across twelve global markets.
Its efforts could increase efficiency and lower costs, said Walmart, and added it was “going further to look at the interplay of waste and usable materials.”
The report detailed how Walmart encouraged suppliers to limit waste from their own operations, address post-harvest losses at the farm level, standardize date labeling and educate customers about food waste prevention.
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