Morrisons has announced that it will no longer use black plastic in the packaging of its our own-brand products.
Black plastic is notoriously difficult to recycle due to sorting methods. It’s invisible to optical sorting equipment at plastic recovery and sorting facilities, resulting in the packaging either being disposed of in landfill or incinerated. So, the supermarket making this change will have a huge effect on the environment.
In fact, the move accounts for almost 4,000 tonnes of plastic being made more easily recyclable – that’s 7.4% of the plastic used at Morrisons each year. This represents an important step in Morrisons’ efforts to make all packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
Morrisons is the first retailer to announce the complete removal of black plastic, which is most commonly used in ready meal packaging. It will now use a recyclable plastic, which contains 85% recycled content instead.
Natasha Cook, Packaging Manager at Morrisons said: “It’s important to our customers that we make it easier to recycle plastic and so we are very pleased to announce that we’ve been able to eliminate black plastic from our own-brand products.”
Hopefully we’ll see other supermarkets making the same changes to the packaging in the not-so-distant future.