Aldi announces big change to help customers protect the environment

Aldi has announced a major expansion of all UK stores with the aim help customers easier to recycle.

The supermarket will introduce soft plastic recycling bins in its stores and help customers recycle tons of problem materials per year.

A trial last year was very successful, leading to an expansion where customers can return all types of clean, soft plastic packaging – including crisp bags, salad bags, bread bags and tote bags – regardless of where the items were purchased.

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Aldi launches new recycling bins

The supermarket expects to collect up to 1,000 tons of plastic per year once the bins are fully installed in over 800 stores across the country.

The tanks will be fully installed by the end of this year.

Most UK local authorities do not currently collect soft plastics so these collection points will make it easier for customers to recycle their waste.

Richard Gorman, Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi UK said: “We always strive to reduce plastic waste wherever possible and we know how important this is to our customers. This launch is a step in the right direction and provides our buyers with an easy way to recycle their problematic soft plastic packaging in the UK.

“We hope customers will use our collection bins to help us make a positive change by recycling more waste.”

Helen Bird, Head of Business Collaboration, WRAP, said: “A fifth of the plastic packaging we all have in our homes is plastic bags and wrappers. There are ways to reduce this, but where plastic is used, packaging design needs to be simplified and recycling systems needed. In years to come, this packaging will be collected directly from people’s homes and workplaces, but solutions are urgently needed today to manage the growing mountain of waste.”

“Many citizens have shown they are willing to take plastic bags and packaging to their local grocery stores for recycling and this move by Aldi means more people across the UK can do just that. We have seen trials and regional rollouts of similar programs at other supermarkets working towards the UK Plastics Pact target of all plastic packaging being recyclable by 2025. This step by Aldi is a great achievement that we fully support.” Aldi announces big change to help customers protect the environment

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