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Sainsbury’s collecting hard-to-recycle plastics

Tue 23 Feb 2021 | 12:55 pm GMT
Michelle Urquhart | Products of Change Writer

Sainsbury's is collecting hard-to-recycle plastics in 63 of its stores

Trials rolled out at 63 Sainsbury’s stores to collect polypropylene (PP) plastics, typically used in salad bags, frozen food bags, biscuits and cake wrappers. These plastics are generally can’t be placed in council home recycling bins. Sainsbury’s is introducing an innovative recycling system which allows customers to recycle polypropylene (PP) film found in several household plastic products, in selected Sainsbury’s stores. Some of the more common items that are packaged with PP film include salad bags and frozen food bags. With 63 of its stores across North East England adopting the trial, this initiative is currently the largest PP film trial in the UK supermarket industry. PP film currently isn't accepted by most councils in the UK, which means customers are currently unable to recycle it at home. To make it easier to recycle flexible plastic packaging, customers will be able to put their PP plastics into the same recycling bins currently provided in Sainsbury’s stores that collect polyethylene (PE) plastics. Claire Hughes, director of product and innovation at Sainsbury’s, said: “Sainsbury’s is dedicated to trialling and testing new initiatives as part of our ongoing commitment to make it easier for customers to recycle. We hope that by trialling flexible film recycling points in our stores and accepting more of the packaging that our customers may be unable to recycle at home, we are helping our customers reduce plastic waste. We’ll listen to feedback from our colleagues and customers before we roll out the flexible plastic packaging recycling scheme wider.” The launch of this new recycling system comes as part of Sainsbury’s commitment to increase recycling in its own operations and to make recycling easier for its customers, by offering more facilities do so in its stores. Last year, the retailer also pledged to halve its use of plastic packaging by 2025 and become net zero in its operations by 2040.
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