Tesco to start recycling crisp packets, salad bags and pet food pouches in new eco initiative

Lisa Walden
·2-min read
Photo credit: Tesco
Photo credit: Tesco

In some good news, Tesco will begin rolling out "soft plastic" recycling points, enabling customers to recycle crisp packets, salad bags, pet food pouches and bread bags with ease.

Items commonly not collected by local councils, the British supermarket plans to collect them in store before washing, sorting and turning them into new packaging. While many of us may pop a crisp packet in the bin after use, they want to encourage shoppers to show the planet a little love instead.

The first time the UK has had a network of collection points of this size, Tesco has already begun rolling out the soft plastic recycling points in 171 stores around the South West of England and Wales. If successful, there are plans to roll it out across all large stores nationwide.

Photo credit: Mike Kemp - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Kemp - Getty Images

"It is an absolute priority to remove and reduce as much plastic as possible and ensure everything we use is recycled and kept out of the environment," Sarah Bradbury, Tesco's Director of Quality, said.

"Where plastic serves an important purpose such as reducing food waste, these new recycling points make sure that every piece can be easily recycled. Trials have shown they are popular with customers, so we believe rolling them out at scale will have a real impact."

Paula Chin, WWF Sustainable Materials Specialist, added: "Businesses, governments and households have all got an important part to play in tackling the issue, so it’s encouraging to see Tesco extending their successful soft plastics collection trial across more of their stores, giving their customers even more opportunity to recycle these valuable materials."

Elsewhere, last year Tesco announced it had teamed up with the zero-waste shopping platform, Loop, to trial a new online refillable container scheme. Shoppers were able to choose from over 150 refillable products, including Heinz Tomato ketchup, Persil washing-up liquid, Coca-Cola, Nivea moisturiser, REN shower gel, Danone yoghurt, soaps and toothpaste.

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