Tesco to trial plastic package recycling scheme in 10 stores

Tesco to trial plastic package recycling scheme in 10 stores

April 5, 2019
Press Release: Tesco

A trial to recycle plastic films and trays at 10 Tesco stores across the UK’s South West is under way with a revolutionary Swindon-based recycling firm

Following last week’s announcement of trials that saw plastic removed from some of its fruit and veg products – albeit a trial in only two stores – this week the supermarket retailer Tesco has informed us of a partnership with UK specialist Recycling Technologies to stop the hardest-to-recycle, soft plastics from going to waste.

Customers can now return to the 10 trial sites everything from pet food pouches to shopping bags and crisp packets, all of which cannot commonly be recycled by local councils.

The trial begins with the installation of 10 collection booths at Tesco stores in and around the Swindon and Bristol areas. Recycling Technologies has developed and patented a process to turn waste plastic back into oil, Plaxx – a material that can then be used in the manufacture of new plastic.

“Reducing and recycling plastics is such an important issue for us, for customers and for the future of our planet,” commented Sarah Bradbury, Tesco’s director of Quality. “That’s why we are working hard to reduce the amount of packaging in our stores and have committed that all remaining packaging will be recyclable by 2025.

“Our trial with Recycling Technologies will make even more of our packaging recyclable and help us reach our target. This technology could be the final piece of the jigsaw for the UK plastic recycling industry.”

“We are delighted to be working with Tesco to help its customers recycle more of their household plastic waste,” added Adrian Griffiths, Recycling Technologies’ chief executive. “Using our specialist feed-stock recycling process, we keep more plastic waste in the economy and out of landfill and our oceans. This initiative with Tesco is designed to show there are solutions to recover this important material. Our goal is to double the UK’s capacity to recycle plastic waste by 2027.”

Currently, 83% of all Tesco’s packaging is recyclable. Should this soft-plastics collection be rolled out to all Tesco stores, it is estimated that it will be possible to recycle around 90% of Tesco’s own label packaging – the equivalent of 65,000 additional tonnes of plastic being put to good use every year. Tesco is working toward its commitment that all of its packaging is fully recyclable by 2025.

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