Supermarket Aldi has announced that it is eliminating black plastic trays and instead opting for clear, recyclable ones on six ranges of fruit and vegetables from this month.
According to The Grocer, the store said the move will save 265 tonnes of plastic annually and is part of a bigger commitment to make all of its own brand packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
Items that will be packaged in the new trays include tomatoes, broccoli and asparagus.
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The supermarket is also changing the packaging of its pasta pots to use 95% recycled material, cutting a further 139 tonnes of plastic per year, said The Grocer.
Aldi UK manging director of corporate responsibility Fritz Walleczek said: “Cutting waste is part of Aldi’s DNA and we have a long-standing commitment to minimise our impact on the environment. That’s why we are doing all we can do 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.”