Sainsbury’s recycling system trial will take place in 63 stores in England. If the trial is successful, the supermarket hopes to set up recycling points in all its UK stores by the end of the year.
The introduction of a new recycling system to some Sainsbury’s stores comes as part of the supermarket’s commitment to increase recycling.
It wants to recycle more within its own company, and hopes to encourage more customers to do so too.
The in-store facilities will allow shoppers to recycle products containing Polypropylene (PP) film.
With the trial set to be adopted by 63 Sainsbury’s stores in the north-east of England, this initiative is currently the largest PP film trial in the UK supermarket industry.
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PP film is found in many household products, including salad bags and frozen food bags.
Other products that Sainsbury’s will accept to be recycled are bread bags, cereal bags, bags and wrappings used for fruit and vegetables, biscuit and cake wrappers, toilet roll and kitchen roll wrapping, clothing bags, magazine and newspaper wrappers, and more.
PP film is currently the most appropriate material used to package food and keep produce fresh.
However, a report published last year by environmental solutions company Valpak found that 266,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste in 2019 came from PP plastics.
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Furthermore, 80,000 tonnes of that waste came from PP film.
Councils in the UK do not currently accept PP film and therefore customers cannot recycle the plastic at home.
However, thanks to Sainsbury’s new initiative, they will be able to recycle it in the bins provided at the supermarket’s stores.
Currently, Sainsbury’s do offer collection points for PE plastics in more than 600 UK stores, but not PP film.
Sainsbury’s hopes the PP film trial in the north-east of England will be successful so that it can roll out collection points for the plastic in all its UK stores.
The trial is a part of the supermarket’s ongoing initiatives to remove plastic packaging completely wherever possible, replace plastic with an alternative material for products that still need some form of packaging, and give customers options to reuse packaging.
Last year, Sainsbury’s announced that it wants to halve its use of plastic packaging by 2025 and eliminate all plastic packaging by 2040.
The food retailer has already implemented other environmental initiatives over the years, such as introducing recycling points in 249 of its stores’ car parks in 2012.
In 2019, Sainsbury’s also launched a Deposit Return Scheme at a selected number of its stores, offering customers money off their shopping if they returned recyclable soft drinks packaging.
Claire Hughes, Director of Product and Innovation at Sainsbury’s, said of the PP film recycling trial: “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,” she added.
“We’ll listen to feedback from our colleagues and customers before we roll out the flexible plastic packaging recycling scheme wider.”