Waitrose announces new UK-based soft-plastic recycling scheme

Waitrose soft plastic recycling

Following a successful trial and “considerable due diligence” to find a UK-based waste management solution, Waitrose has announced customers can now recycle their soft plastic at 295 stores.

Caroline Pinnell, Sustainability & Ethics Specialist at Waitrose, commented: “We know that recycling is a key priority for many of our customers so we’re delighted to be able to offer flexible plastic recycling across a number of our shops.”

“Across both Waitrose and John Lewis, we are continuing to strip away single-use packaging and provide our customers with convenient reuse, refill and recycling solutions.

“We are on track to meet our 2023 Waitrose packaging target, that all of our own-brand packaging will be reusable or made from widely recyclable or home-compostable material by the end of 2023, two years ahead of the industry-wide WRAP UK Plastic Pact.”

As long as it’s clean and dry, the following are recyclable instore:

  • Carrier Bags
  • Bread Bags
  • Frozen Food Bags
  • Delivery Bags
  • Cereal Liners
  • Toilet Roll Wrapping
  • Salad, Pasta and Rice bags
  • Cheese, Fish and Meat Wrapping
  • Crisp, Biscuit and Chocolate Wrapping
  • Baby & Pet Food Pouches
  • Bubble Wrap and Cling Film

Waitrose says the plastic will be sent to a reprocessor in Glasgow where it will be washed, separated and flaked or pelletised so it can be made into new products or materials in its next life.

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