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Tesco introduce new service into 171 stores – recycle crisp and bread bags

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Tesco expects to collect and recycle 1,000 tonnes a year, the equivalent of 150 million standard loaf bags with the new service. Soft plastic is not commonly collected by local councils and often thrown away, adding to landfill.

However with the supermarkets new service, customers will be able to recycle soft plastic, regardless of where they bought it. 

The service has begun rolling out the recycling points to 171 stores in the South West of England and Wales with plans to put it in all large stores nationwide. 

The collection points will enable Britons to return all their previously unrecycled soft plastic, including cling film, pet food pouches, crisp packets and bread bags. 

Once collected, the plastic is sent for recycling where it will be washed, sorted and processed before being turned into new packaging.

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The roll out follows a successful trial in 10 stores where customers loved the new service, returning more than 10 times the expected amount of plastic.

Paula Chin, WWF Sustainable Materials Specialist, said: “Plastic pollution is one of the most visible symptoms of the environmental crisis and is devastating our natural world.

“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.”

The news comes after the grocer announced it had hit its target of removing a billion pieces of plastic from its UK business last year after working with suppliers to ditch unnecessary packaging.

Packaging removed during the new included plastic shrink wrap in branded and own-label tinned multipacks such as soup, tinned tomatoes and sweetcorn. 

The supermarket also scrapped small plastic bags to pack loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items.

Since the launch of the strategy in 2019, Tesco said it had reduced the size of its annual packaging footprint by 3,480 tonnes.

Meanwhile, rival supermarket Asda has also announced a new service for those who want to declutter their wardrobes by recycling their old clothes. 

The ‘Take Back’ scheme has been launched in partnership with Yellow Octopus Group.

It aims to help customers recycle their old clothes while doing their essential grocery shop. 

What’s more, shoppers receive a 10 percent discount for George.com when they recycle their unwanted clothes. 

Global professional lead, sustainable sourcing and quality Mel Wilson stated: “It’s really important for our customers and colleagues that we tackle the issue of not just sourcing our clothes more sustainably, but that we encourage everyone in the UK to think about the issues of waste and how to make fashion and textiles more circular so that we really can reduce the number of garments that go into landfill.

“We know that through this pandemic there has been a huge demand for garment recycling with many customers clearing out their wardrobes.

“So it’s been a big priority for us to make sure that we can not only help to facilitate recycling textiles in a simple and easy way, but that we are also able to give these items a second lease of life and help to drive much needed funding for our charity partners.”



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