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Tesco To Use Plastic Waste As Recycled Bags

Published on Oct 14 2015 5:48 PM in Packaging And Design tagged: Retail / Tesco / Waste / Plastic Bags

Tesco To Use Plastic Waste As Recycled Bags

Tesco is giving back-of-store plastic waste a second life as single-use plastic bags for customers.

Packaging News reported that the UK's largest supermarket is recycling its plastic wrapping on pallets and multipack wrapping into its own customer plastic bags, a scheme executed in collaboration with Papier-Mettler.

The bags are made from 100 per cent recycled LDPE: 80 per cent from post-consumer plastic waste and 20 per cent from the on-site production process. The bags will be available throughout stores.

Sustainability group WRAP has welcomed the move. Marcus Gover, director of WRAP, said, “Tesco’s move to include post-consumer plastic waste in their new carrier bags is a positive and welcome step. Tesco shoppers will now be able to appreciate first-hand the potential for recycled plastic, and it will help reinforce a positive recycling message.”

Robin Hughes, procurement manager at Tesco, commented, "We believe that recycling materials back into products makes sense for the industry and the environment."

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