Tackling packaging and plastic waste by driving circularity
At Lidl UK, we are acutely aware of the important role that packaging plays protecting produce, keeping it safe and minimising food waste. Equally, we have long been committed to tackling the important issue of plastic waste, and the detrimental impact that this is having on the environment. Packaging plays an important role in keeping our food safe and minimising food waste. This is why we have charged for plastic bags for the last 24 years and removed 5p single-use bags in July 2017. Additionally, we have committed to stopping the sale of 5p reusable bags, eliminating 67 million bags and 134 tonnes of plastic produced each year.
To achieve this required transformation from the current single use ‘throw away’model requires considerable attention, commitment and investment from all parts of the plastic packaging value chain. As well as setting clear targets for our own business, Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) is one of the many initiatives we are considering as part of this, and we will be one of the founding members of WRAP’s new UK Plastics Pact.
“We want to create a major shift in the way that packaging and plastics are used, to ensure that these resources are recovered and retained, eradicating plastic waste and moving us towards a truly circular system in the long term.
We know our business and the wider industry needs to take big steps to achieve this; that's why we have set clear and ambitious targets, not only to ensure that our packaging is completely recyclable, but that we are driving demand for this material by driving recycled content.”
- Christian Härtnagel, CEO
These commitments build on our strong track record on plastic reduction, which we have long been championing, these include:
- Eradicating mircrobeads from all cosmetic and household products ahead of legislation.
- Replacing our plastic-stemmed cotton buds with biodegradable stems.
- Removal of single-use bags from Lidl stores in 2017.
- Only selling packs of paper straws.
- Having one of the highest proportions of loose fruit and vegetables of all British supermarkets.
*Widely recyclable: 75% or more UK councils offering kerbside collections.