Supermarket giant Aldi, which has a store on Barnsley Road, Doncaster, is phasing out hard-to-recycle black plastic trays on a range of fresh produce and replacing them with clear, recyclable alternatives.
The move is part of the chains commitment to ensure all its packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
It is estimated that the new trays, which are being used on six product ranges, will save an estimated 265 tonnes of plastic a year.
Fritz Walleczek, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “Cutting waste is part of Aldi’s DNA and we have a longstanding commitment to minimise our impact on the environment.
“That’s why we are doing all we can to cut the amount of unnecessary packaging and plastics we use and are working to ensure all our packaging can be either reused, recycled or composted by 2025.
“One part of that is to prevent plastic going to landfill by using materials that are easier to recycle, like these clear trays, but also to ensure that there is a demand for recycled plastic by using it in products like our pasta pots.”
Black plastic can not be easily recycled as it can not be easily identified by the machinery used to sift through household waste and, as a result, is often diverted to landfill or burned for energy instead of being recycled.
The new clear trays have been introduced for Aldi’s Piccolo Tomatoes, Specially Selected Sunstream Tomatoes, Specially Selected Mixed Baby Plum Tomatoes and Specially Selected Purple Sprouting Broccoli in July and are being introduced on its fresh Babycorn and Asparagus