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Tesco & Co-Op announce new recycled & recyclable packaging measures

Tesco is taking steps to reduce packaging waste across its UK and European stores, it has been revealed this month.

The British supermarket chain is committed to overhauling their plastic fresh food packaging and has partnered with Hilton Food Group, and fresh food packaging manufacturer LINPAC as part of a new scheme.


The three companies will be working to bring lightweight LINPAC Rfresh Elite plastic pack for meat and poultry to shelves around the country. The new packaging is composed of 95% recycled content, which is mostly derived from plastic (PET) water bottles taken from household waste.

These packs are also fully recyclable and use the same process as that which sees plastic water bottles turned to crystal clear recycled plastic. The product can then be reused, helping the companies contribute to a circular economy.

Dr Mark Caul, technical manager for packaging at Tesco, commented: “This is a landmark innovation and a clear demonstration of our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment we live in.”

Tesco are also trialling new, fully-recyclable mushroom punnets that have been designed to cut food waste and extend shelf life.


Co-Op To Make 100% of Own-Brand Packaging Recyclable

Meanwhile, Co-Op have announced that they will make all their own brand packaging recyclable and revealed that they are also considering making all their waste statistics and figures public.

At the company’s AGM last week, members voted overwhelmingly to introduce fully recyclable packaging and set a target of reaching 80% by 2020, working towards 100% in the longer term.

Food Waste & Wonky Veg

Sarah Wakefield, Co-Op’s head of food policy told Edie recently that the company will also be tackling food waste more thoroughly, through their use of ‘wonky’ veg. These misshapen products are often discarded, however the supermarket chain is keen to reduce waste in this area.

“Wonky veg is not being wasted in the supply chain,” Wakefield said. “It’s something that is nice and easy to latch on to but actually our suppliers are not throwing away that veg. They are putting it into ready meals and prep veg. We are not putting perfect carrots into shepherd’s pies or perfect potatoes into sausage and mash.”