British retailers sent a third less waste to landfill last year compared with 2005, according to a new report.

The cut equated to 130,000 fewer tonnes of waste, according to the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) A Better Retailing Climate Progress Report 2009.

Retailers halved the number of single-use carrier bags taken by customers between 2006 and 2009, in addition to launching a standardised on-pack recycling label. The report is an update on a set of environmental targets retailers have pledged to meet by 2013.

BRC director general Stephen Robertson said retailers could be proud of their achievements in cutting the environmental impact of their businesses.

“These ambitious green goals are in addition to retailers’ ongoing initiatives to encourage customers to adopt more environmentally friendly behaviour,” Robertson said, adding that retailers had set themselves even tougher 2013 targets for landfill waste and property energy emissions.

Companies signed up to the Better Retailing Climate commitments include Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative Group, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer. Morrisons has not signed up to the commitments.

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