Pack and Go! Reducing supermarket waste – a KESAB collaboration with Pasadena and Frewville Foodlands

Pack and Go!  Reducing supermarket waste - a KESAB collaboration with Pasadena and Frewville Foodlands

Over the past year, we have been working alongside the teams at Frewville and Pasadena Foodlands on reducing supermarket waste, and it came to fruition on Friday 22 November at the launch of Pack and Go.

Pack and Go works by customers pre-purchasing approved containers at a discounted rate from the stores.  The Décor containers have been chosen as they are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe.  When you return them to the stores, they are commercially cleaned and then they are ready to be reused and swapped by the stores on a one-for-one basis in order to maintain high standards of food safety.The stores will accept the pack and go containers for a range of products including cheeses, deli meats, spices, bulk foods, salads, olives and other antipasto products.

Commercial Retail Group Director Spero Chapley said “Customers at our stores have been quick to embrace the scheme during the trial with environmental responsibility important to them,” said Mr Chapley.

“The launch of Pack and Go is part of our overall approach to waste management and recycling which working closely with KESAB aims to reduce our landfill by 70% over the next 12 months. We are proud to be the first supermarkets in South Australia to have a reusable container scheme.  We believe that the scheme has the potential to prevent 300 000 containers going to landfill in South Australia each year.”

Disposable food containers, along with straws, takeaway cups and snack bags are among the most commonly littered single-use plastics in South Australia .

John Phillips, OAM, Executive Director of KESAB environmental solutions, said the work the State Government is undertaking to look at eliminating Single Use Plastic items in the environment demonstrates South Australia is leading the way.

“The two Foodland stores are already responding to this before a potential ban is enforced,” said Mr Phillips.

“The Commercial Retail Group’s Pack and Go program provides a real-life showcase where individuals can demonstrate a measurable difference by their actions”

“KESAB is supporting a number of government, retail, council and school education initiatives as community responds to reducing waste and changing consumer habits.”

Pasadena and Frewville Foodlands have also reintroduced paper bags at the checkout and are working on reducing the amount of plastic used in product packaging, particular fresh fruit and vegetables, where cardboard trays have recently been introduced.

Watch the news report on Pack and Go –

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5 comments on “Pack and Go! Reducing supermarket waste – a KESAB collaboration with Pasadena and Frewville Foodlands
  1. Chris Hall says:

    Great initiative on your part! I will be purchasing the new reusable containers very soon from you.

  2. Barry Robert Wilson says:

    Think this is a great initiative!However if SA and KESAB are really “fair dink um” then packaging of many other products needs to be addressed.I live in the country,about 25 kilometers from Murray Bridge.Have been a KESAB volunteer for about 25 years.
    Experience tells me that the following must be done!
    #Stop the issuing of single use plastic bags.
    #Increase the container Deposit to 20 cents.
    #Put a deposit on cigarette packets(10cents redeemed at Recycling Centres.)
    #Levy on all major Fast Food Companies!!!The major litter along the roads where i live is McDonalds,Hungry Jacksand KFC who seem to be the worst(or most popular?)Disposable Coffee containers,drink containers is on the increase!!!!!!

  3. Alison C Fairlamb says:

    Very exciting!! Well done Foodland and thank you Kesab for bringing this to our attention.

  4. V. Monterola says:

    Another excellent initiative and results from the team at KESAB. The Foodland stores with which KESAB is partnering are leaders in the supermarket field. By combining the two leaders we can expect to see a move by other food retailers towards Pack and Go, with obvious benefits to the South Australian environment.

  5. Sue says:

    Well done Pasadena shopping centre! Lead the way! Goidbluck

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