Marks & Spencer is set to recycle food waste from 600 of its stores into fertiliser and biofuels as part of its ‘Plan A’ initiative.

One of the key pledges in the 2007 scheme was a target to send no waste to landfill by 2012. This week, the company announced it had signed a three-year contract with waste management group Shanks to process its out-of-date and damaged food.

Shanks – Europe’s largest waste management group – already manages all of the food waste for Dutch supermarket giant Albert Heijn.

M&S is to release an update on its Plan A initiatives later this week.