Tesco trials soft plastics recycling scheme with Recycling Technologies

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The trial will turn the soft plastics into Plaxx oil which can be used to manufacture new plastic

Soft plastics including crisp packets, pet food pouches and shopping bags are being collected across 10 Tesco stores as part of a trial with Recycling Technologies.

Customers will be able to drop off their previously unrecyclable plastics in stores where they will be sent through a new Recycling Technologies recycling process.

The plastics will be turned into an oil, Plaxx, which can be used to manufacture new plastic.

The trial will cover stores in and around the Swindon and Bristol areas.

Adrian Griffiths, Recycling Technologies’ chief executive, said: “This initiative with Tesco is designed to show there are solutions to recover this important material. Our goal is to double the UK’s capacity to recycle plastic waste by 2027.”

If the collection is rolled out, Tesco estimates it will be possible to recycle around 90% of its own label packaging.

Currently, 83% of Tesco’s packaging is recyclable with an aim for all of its packaging to be fully recyclable by 2025.

Sarah Bradbury, Tesco director of quality, added: “Our trail will make even more of our packaging recyclable and help us reach our target. This technology could be the final piece of the jigsaw for the UK plastic recycling industry.

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