30 September 2020
Supermarket chain Tesco decided to develop a new soft plastic recycling system, one that could recycle safe food-grade packaging.
Soft plastic packaging is commonly used on foods such as meats, cheese, and vegetables to maintain freshness, but from a recycling perspective, it’s very problematic.
Because it can clog up sorting machinery and there are no dedicated facilities to collect it, soft plastic packaging has become a growing environmental issue, especially during the lockdown, when UK households thew away an average of 128 items.
On average, we use a whopping 400,000 tonnes of soft plastics every year, only 21,000 of which are recycled.
Supermarket chain Tesco acknowledged the challenge and decided to develop a new soft plastic recycling system, one that could recycle safe food-grade packaging.
Their efforts were successful and, after partnering with Plastic Energy, SABIC, and Sealed Air, they’ve managed to find a way to create soft plastics that met the requirements of cheese supplier Bradbury.
The new packaging will soon be introduced in Tesco stores across the UK on a range of cheeses, as part of their closed-loop recycling scheme.
Tesco produce safe recycled food-grade packaging and they’ll soon introduce it in stores