Waitrose manages to eliminate 1,300 tons of black plastic packaging in bid to chop down on UK waste and air pollution

  • The packaging is tough to recycle and results in landfill or is burned for vitality
  • Packaging has been faraway from all contemporary meat, poultry, fish, fruit and veg
  • Waitrose is now working to eliminated black packaging from its personal label traces

Sean Poulter Client Affairs Editor

Waitrose has hit a goal to take away black plastic packs from all contemporary meat, poultry, fish, fruit and veg as shops race to chop down on air pollution and waste.

The transfer means it efficiently did away with 1,300 tons of black plastic packaging, which is tough to recycle and sometimes results in landfill or is burned for vitality, final 12 months.

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The retailer is now engaged on efforts to take away the remainder of the black plastic from its personal label traces by the top of this 12 months.

Waitrose has hit a target to remove black plastic packs from all fresh meat, poultry, fish, fruit and veg as stores race to cut down on pollution and waste. Pictured, a Waitrose Hereford beef topside roast in black plastic packaging

Waitrose has hit a target to remove black plastic packs from all fresh meat, poultry, fish, fruit and veg as stores race to cut down on pollution and waste. Pictured, a Waitrose Hereford beef topside roast in black plastic packaging

Waitrose has hit a goal to take away black plastic packs from all contemporary meat, poultry, fish, fruit and veg as shops race to chop down on air pollution and waste. Pictured, a Waitrose Hereford beef topside roast in black plastic packaging

The transfer is a part of a wider effort by retailers to chop down on the usage of plastic. The measures are an illustration of the affect of the Each day Mail’s marketing campaign to spotlight the hazards of plastic blight.

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When the Mail launched its Banish the Luggage marketing campaign in February 2008 supermarkets fought to dam it. 

Equally, producers and retailers opposed our Take Again Your Bottles marketing campaign, advocating a bottle deposit and return scheme.

The affect of Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II sequence displaying the appalling hurt brought on by plastic air pollution to sea life has additionally had a profound impact in altering public attitudes, together with numerous campaigning teams.

Waitrose is now working to removed black packaging from its own label lines. Stock picture shows a Waitrose store

Waitrose is now working to removed black packaging from its own label lines. Stock picture shows a Waitrose store

Waitrose is now working to eliminated black packaging from its personal label traces. Inventory image exhibits a Waitrose retailer

Iceland has led the response of outlets with a pledge to take away all plastic from its own-label merchandise by 2023.

The issue with black plastic trays is that they can’t be picked out by the laser sorting equipment on conveyor belts in council waste and recycling centres. This implies they’re thought of normal waste.

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Waitrose spokesman Tor Harris stated: ‘Eliminating black plastic is a precedence for us.

‘Whereas eradicating it, now we have additionally taken the chance to scale back the quantity of plastic of any color by eradicating trays from fruit and veg like apples, broccoli and pak choi.

‘We’re now prepared meals and different merchandise.’

The chain is changing free fruit and veg luggage with residence compostable options and can take away 5p single-use service luggage by March.

It has already stopped utilizing throwaway cups, lined with plastic, for takeaway sizzling drinks.

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