Tesco to trial new process that will recycle previously unrecyclable plastics

Retailer Tesco has launched a trial with Recycling Technologies to collect and recycle previously unrecyclable plastics and turn it into oil to help manufacture new plastic.

Retailer Tesco has launched a trial with Recycling Technologies to collect and recycle previously unrecyclable plastics and turn it into oil to help manufacture new plastic, in ten of its stores. 

Customers will be able to return to trial stores everything from pet food pouches to shopping bags and crisp packets, with the reassurance that it will be sent for recycling through Recycling Technologies’ new recycling process.   


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This move is part of Tesco’s efforts to make all its packaging recyclable and help create a closed loop.  

The trial begins with the installation of ten collection booths at Tesco stores in and around the Swindon and Bristol areas.  

Recycling Technologies has developed a process to turn waste plastic back into oil, Plaxx, a material which can be used in the manufacturing of new plastic.  

Tesco director of quality Sarah Bradbury said: “Reducing and recycling plastics is such an important issue for us, for customers and for the future of our planet. That’s why we are working hard to reduce the amount of packaging in our stores and have committed that all remaining packaging will be recyclable by 2025. 

“Our trial with Recycling Technologies will make even more of our packaging recyclable and help us reach our target. This technology could be the final piece of the jigsaw for the UK plastic recycling industry.” 

Recycling Technologies chief executive Adrian Griffiths said: “We are delighted to be working with Tesco to help its customers recycle more of their household plastic waste. Using our specialist ‘feedstock’ recycling process we keep more plastic waste in the economy and out of landfill and our oceans. This initiative with Tesco is designed to show there are solutions to recover this important material. Our goal is to double the UK’s capacity to recycle plastic waste by 2027.” 

Currently, 83% of Tesco’s packaging is recyclable, and if this soft-plastics collection is rolled out to all Tesco stores, it estimates that it will be possible to recycle around 90% of Tesco’s own label packaging.  

The following stores will be getting recycling collection points over the next few weeks: 

  • Bristol Lime Trees Road Superstore 
  • Yate Extra 
  • Bristol Brislington Extra 
  • Bristol Staple Hill Metro 
  • Keynsham Superstore 
  • Bristol east Extra 
  • Cirencester Metro – Farrell Close 
  • Cirencester Extra 
  • Swindon Extra 
  • Tetbury Superstore. 

The trial will collect crisp packets, sweet wrappers, plastic film, pet food pouches and any plastic bag. 

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