ALDI executive Adrian Christie is confident the company's four stores in Albury-Wodonga on the NSW-Victorian border will help it reach a shorter term goal of sending zero food waste sent to landfill by 2023.
And if successful, ALDI's second goal of zero waste to landfill by 2025 will also be achieved.
One of the major beneficiaries of the short-term objective will be Albury-Wodonga Regional FoodShare which is stepping up in the absence of some other emergency food providers post COVID-19.
"We send way too much to landfill every single year," Mr Christie, the company's customer interactions director, said.
"We already have food partnerships, but we are going to increase the number of donations we're giving.
"We did more 10 million (meals) last year and we are going to go beyond that next year.
"Sending food to landfill doesn't make sense, it is not good for the environment, we can use that food for other purposes.
"We're also looking at turning food into animal feed and in addition to that turning organics into fuel and power sources in the future."
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Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley welcomed the announcement made in Albury on Monday.
ALDI has an existing partnership with FoodShare Albury-Wodonga with excess food donated from its four stores in Lavington, Albury and Wodonga as part of daily collections.
"They a right behind us," FoodShare manager Peter Matthews said.
"We mostly get bread and then fruit and veg which no longer meets their standards, but is perfectly fine for us because we sort it back at our warehouse.
"We processed 1.3 million kilograms of food last year and we are on track for a similar level this year.
"A lot of agencies have closed during COVID and not re-opened."
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