Sainsbury’s trials in-store recycling system for flexible plastics
Sainsbury’s is launching a new recycling system which allows customers to recycle polypropylene film in selected Sainsbury’s stores.
The system is currently being trialled in 63 shops across the north east of England. Some of the more common items that are packaged with polypropylene film include salad bags and frozen food bags.
The launch forms part of Sainsbury’s commitment to make recycling easier for customers by offering more facilities in its stores. The retailer also currently provides front of store collection points for polyethylene film and carrier bags in over 600 supermarkets across the UK.
If the trial is successful, Sainbury’s will roll out the system to all of its supermarkets by the end of 2021.
Last year, the retailer pledged to halve its use of plastic packaging by 2025 and become net zero in its operations by 2040.
Claire Hughes, director of product and innovation at Sainsbury’s, said: “Sainsbury’s is dedicated to trialling and testing new initiatives as part of our ongoing commitment to make it easier for customers to recycle. We hope that by trialling flexible film recycling points in our stores and accepting more of the packaging that our customers may be unable to recycle at home, we are helping our customers reduce plastic waste. We’ll listen to feedback from our colleagues and customers before we roll out the flexible plastic packaging recycling scheme wider.”
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