Sainsbury’s rolls out flexible plastic packaging recycling system after successful trial
Sainsbury’s has rolled out a new recycling system to 520 supermarkets following a successful trial in the north east of England.
The system enables customers to recycle all flexible plastic packaging that is not commonly accepted for kerbside collection by local authorities.
Recycling points will be positioned front of store where customers will be able to dispose of flexible plastic packaging such as crisp packets, food pouches, salad bags and biscuit and cake wrappers.
The introduction of the new system is the latest move in the retailer’s strategy to reduce, reuse, replace and recycle plastic in its own operations while continuing to make it easier for customers to recycle.
Claire Hughes, director of product and innovation at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re really excited to announce the mass rollout of the Flexible Plastics Recycling scheme in over 520 of our stores, helping our customers to recycle more of their plastic packaging, instead of it ending up as waste. Making recycling easier for our customers is a key part of our strategy to minimise the impact of single-use plastics on the environment, alongside our own ambitious target of reducing the use of plastics in our own operations by 50% by 2025.”
The news follows last month’s announcement that Sainsbury’s has joined the Flexible Plastic Fund which aims to ensure flexible plastics are properly recycled.
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