Tesco has launched what it claims is the UK’s biggest recycling network for soft plastics. Many local councils do not collect soft plastics, meaning most ends up in landfills. Tesco has opened soft plastic recycling points at 171 stores across South West of England and Wales.
Recycling soft plastics
Tesco launched the collection points after a successful trial at 10 stores. Shoppers were positive towards the recycling points, returning 10 times more soft plastic than anticipated. The soft plastic returned has been transformed to food-grade packaging for a selection of private label cheeses.
Tesco aims to collect and recycle 1,000 tonnes of soft plastic annually, which is the equivalent of 150m standard loaf bags. The retailer has set up recycling collection points and is aiming to collect shoppers’ previously unrecycled soft plastic including:
- Bread bags
- Cling film
- Pet food pouches
- Fruit and vegetable packaging
- Crisp packets
- Salad bags
What happens to the collected plastic?
Tesco has said the collected soft plastic will be washed, sorted and processed to be transformed into new packaging for products such as food, household and beauty products.
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