Retailers have cut in half the amount of waste they send to landfill in the past five years.

Less than a quarter of waste produced by retailers now ends up in landfill, according to the British Retail Consortium – down from around 50% in 2005.

The body’s latest Climate Progress Report also revealed that retailers had cut their emissions from buildings and transport by over the same period.

“These remarkable achievements by retailers show their commitment to tackling climate change has not wavered, despite the tough trading conditions,” said BRC director general Stephen Robertson.

“Retailers have a proud record of delivering impressive environmental results on a voluntary basis – without the need for legislation.”

Robertson called for “a national approach… to help retailers achieve environmental objectives at a local level”.

The findings come with Sainsbury’s facing possible legal action from Lincolnshire County Council for failing to keep packaging to a minimum on certain beef products.

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