By collecting items that are difficult to recycle, Aldi in the UK will help shoppers: the chain will try out boxes in 20 UK stores for the first time where people can hand out so-called soft plastic, according to an article in the retail newspaper. Soft plastics include wrapping lace bags, prepackaged bread, and salads, for example.
Aldi expects soft and clean plastic packaging at these collection points, as a large proportion of local authorities in the UK do not currently collect soft plastics as part of selective waste collection.
Private brand products are renewed
Aldi, with the help of its recycling partner, makes sure to develop the best way to recycle collected plastic. If the pilot is successful, a special trash can will appear in more than 900 British stores in the chain.
This move is only part of Aldi’s sustainability strategy, in which the entire packaging chain of its branded products will be completely recycled, reused or composted by 2022. As part of the sustainability strategy, for example, there will be a change in beverages Aldi’s private label gas: Buksza (Napi.hu editorial blog) traditional plastic straws will disappear, and be replaced by recyclable paperbacks. With this move, the company is saying goodbye to 70 million straws and 100 tons of non-recyclable plastic annually.
While using plastic bags and packaging accounts for about one-fifth of consumer plastic packaging, only six percent is recycled, said Richard Gorman, Aldi’s Director of Plastics and Packaging, Helen Baird, president of the environmental NGO Wrap.
Tesco is already on its way
As early as April, Tesco announced that it would kick out 1,000 tons of allegedly soft plastic this year. Chain stores in England and Wales have approximately 200 points where these plastics, which are usually difficult to recycle, can be delivered.
Recycled plastic can start a new life as packaging for food, household and beauty products. In 2018, Tesco attempted to collect soft plastics in ten stores, where customers most often returned packages of bread, fruits and vegetables, as well as chip bags, baby food bags and pet food.