Morrisons are opening 6 zero-waste stores – is one of them near you?

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Photo credit: Richard Walker
Photo credit: Richard Walker

Morrisons has announced plans to launch six zero-waste stores with an aim to recycle all packaging and unsold food by 2025.

As part of the supermarket's sustainability push, the new eco stores in Edinburgh will include recycling points for those hard-to-recycle items, including wrappers, crisp packets and face masks. If the trials are successful, Morrisons said the format will be applied to all 498 UK supermarkets.

"We believe that we can, at a stroke, enable these trial stores to move from recycling around 27% of their general waste to over 84%, and with a clear line of sight to 100%," Jamie Winter, sustainability procurement director at Morrisons, told ITV News.

Photo credit: Richard Walker
Photo credit: Richard Walker

"All waste collected in our stores will be recycled here in the UK – we will not reprocess anything abroad. If we're successful, we'll roll this zero waste store concept out across the UK as fast as we can."

In more good news, Morrisons has also announced plans to combat food waste, unveiling plans to sell surplus food through its Too Good To Go app with a heavy discount.

Helen Bird, strategic technical manager at recycling charity Wrap, explained that its vital we reduce waste going to landfill.

Photo credit: Richard Walker
Photo credit: Richard Walker

"Plastic bags and wrappers make up nearly a quarter of all plastic packaging that we use in our daily lives, yet only 6% is recycled," she said. "Until we have consistent and comprehensive household collections across the nations, supermarkets play a critical role to enable customers to recycle key items not collected at home."

In August last year, Morrisons announced it would be ditching all plastic 'bag for life' carrier bags and replacing them with sturdy papers alternatives, while they have also reduced own-brand plastic packaging by 8,000 tonnes since 2017.

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