Tesco has posted a message to all shoppers purchasing items that come in plastic bags.
The supermarket giant shared an update on social media: “To combat the effects of plastic waste, we have put soft plastic recycling points in all of our major stores.
“That means you can recycle all of your soft plastic packaging, including crisps and salad bags, in the store! #EveryLittleHelps. “
Shoppers took the news well, with one person writing, “Such a good idea what a difference it makes to our trash can, much less in it.”
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Another said: “I’m really glad Tesco is doing this. I’ve given up soft plastic several times and now I hardly have to throw anything away.”
“Hurray finally!” exclaimed a third.
A fourth person interfered: “It’s about time.”
In a statement earlier this year, the retailer said it had started rolling out soft plastic recycle points in 171 stores across the southwest of England and Wales. Tesco has announced that it will be the first time the UK has a network of collection points of this size dedicated to collecting soft plastic.
Most communities don’t collect soft plastic from households for recycling and so often end up in landfills, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The collection points allow customers to return any previously unrecycled soft plastic, regardless of where they bought it, including cling film, pet food bags, and chip packages, to recycling points in their local store instead of throwing them away.
Once collected, the old soft plastic is sent for recycling, where it is washed, sorted and processed before it is converted into new packaging. It is used in packaging items such as groceries, household and beauty products.
The most common items returned during the trial period were:
- Bread bag
- Fruit and vegetable packaging
- Crunchy packets
- Salad bag
- Baby and pet food bags
Tesco Quality Director Sarah Bradbury said, “It is an absolute priority to remove and reduce as much plastic as possible and to ensure that everything we use is recycled and kept out of the environment. Where plastic has an important purpose, such as reducing food waste, these new recycling centers ensure that every part can be easily recycled. Trials have shown they are popular with customers, so we believe rolling out them across the board will have a real impact.
Paula Chin, WWF Sustainable Materials Specialist, said: “Plastic pollution is one of the most visible symptoms of the environmental crisis and is devastating our nature. Businesses, governments and households all have important roles to play in addressing the problem. It is encouraging to see that Tesco is expanding its successful collection effort for soft plastics to include more businesses and offering its customers even more opportunities to recycle these valuable materials. “
The full list of 171 stores that will have a soft plastic recycling collection point can be found below:
Ashford Middlesex Extra
Barnstaple Taw View
Shade of brown
Bristol Bradley Stoke
Bristol East Extra
Bristol Staple Hill
Calne Beversbrook Road
Cardiff Pengam Extra
Cardiff Roath Underground
Exeter underground station
Falmouth underground station
Faringdon Pk Road
Feltham Dukes Green
Hayes Bulls B / Dge Ext
Hemel hemp plant
High Wycombe Loudwtr
Lee Mill Extra
Lydney High Street
M / Tydfil Beacon Place
Newport Gwent Extra
Newport Spytty Road
Plymouth Transit Way
Port Talbot east bank
Reading Battle Hospital
Slough Wellington Extra
St Austell 2
Swansea 3 companies
Talbot Green Extra
Torquay underground station
Weston super mare
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Ystradgynlais Wind Road
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