Waste and sustainability news

13 September 2021
Tesco has launched a trial that allows shoppers to purchase a wide range of grocery items in reusable packaging, in partnership with Loop, the circular ecommerce platform developed by TerraCycle. Starting in 10 large stores in the east of England Shoppers in 10 large stores located in the east of England will be able buy products in reusable packaging that can be returned to store when fini...
10 September 2021
SIG, a leading systems and solutions provider for aseptic packaging, has invested €12 million in a pilot plant of its new Tech Centre Europe, located near SIG’s packaging plants in Linnich, Germany. Expediting new product and packaging development The investment in the new Tech Centre will help the company fast track new product and packaging development and meet the growing demand for sust...
08 September 2021
Woolworths has released its annual sustainability report, which highlights its key sustainability achievements to date. Scope 1 and 2 emissions down 27 per cent since 2015 The report indicates that the retailer has reduced its scope 1 and 2 emissions 1 by 27 per cent since 2015, which is the equivalent of taking more than 35,000 cars off the road. At the same time, it has expanded installe...
27 August 2021
Lidl has announced plans to trial an environmental impact and sustainability traffic light system on products in its Scottish stores, starting in October. Trial to include 50 own-brand products The new indicators will feature on 50 own-brand products, such as tea and coffee.  Labels will include a coloured grade from A to E indicating their level of environmental impact and how sustainable ...
24 August 2021
Tesco announced it has completed the roll out of soft plastic collection points at its larger UK stores. Collecting and recycling 1,000 tonnes of plastic a year The retailer said it expects to collect and recycle 1,000 tonnes of plastic a year. Soft plastics are not usually collected by most local councils. The national roll out of collection points has been brought forward by Tesco foll...
20 August 2021
Aldi has installed new energy-efficient fridge doors that can save the equivalent of over 2,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year. Up to 20 tonnes per store each year According to Aldi, the initiative is set to reduce each store’s energy consumption by approximately 20%, equivalent to a carbon emission saving of up to 20 tonnes per store each year. The retailer said that the move form...
20 August 2021
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) and Asahi Beverages have announced, in partnership with Pact Group and Cleanaway, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will result in a new joint venture. A new PET recycling facility The joint venture is set to build and operate a new PET (polyethylene terephthalate) recycling facility, but also provide an industry model for recyclin...
19 August 2021
The UK government’s Plastic Tax will target manufacturers who use less than 30% recycled plastic in their plastic packaging from April 2022. The tax is anticipated to impact 20,000 manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging. About the Plastic Tax The Plastic Tax will be a new tax that applies to plastic packaging manufactured in, or imported into the UK, that does not contain at least...
18 August 2021
There is no doubt that sustainability is now at the forefront of the food and consumer goods industry’s priorities. Several industry players are now taking action, to different extents, to embed sustainability into their operations, their culture and core business strategies. At this year’s Supply Chain Summit from IGD, we discussed the subject with Michael Pooley, CEO of IFCO systems, Anna Tu...
02 August 2021
Lidl GB announced it has removed over one billion pieces of plastic from stores across the country, supporting global efforts to reduce plastic globally. Pledge to remove respectively 1.5 and 2 billion pieces of plastic by the end of 2021 and 2022 According to Lidl GB, it has removed more than 24 million plastic trays and punnets from its fruit and vegetable ranges, and up to 25 million pla...