The supermarket is removing the non-recyclable plastic packaging currently used on its cooked meats and is replacing this with recyclable alternatives as part of its commitment to ensure all its own-label packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022.
The new packaging is being introduced across Aldi’s whole range of sliced cooked meats, which includes popular products such as its Breaded Ham, Wafer Thin Ham and Roast Beef Slices. The packaging, which will be introduced across a total of 27 products, will save an estimated 1,059 tonnes of plastic every year and around 37 million individual packs will be diverted from waste annually.
Fritz Walleczek, managing director, corporate responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “Our customers consistently tell us that they want to see a reduction in plastic waste, and we are committed to helping them achieve that by ensuring all our own-label packaging can be reused, recycled or composted by 2022.
“We have been reviewing all our products to help us achieve that, and this is just the latest in a string of initiatives that will help us reach that target.”
Earlier this year Aldi became a founding member of WRAP’s UK Plastics Pact – a cross-sector initiative to tackle plastic pollution.
A spokesperson for WRAP said: “As a founding member of The UK Plastics Pact, it’s fantastic to see these moves by Aldi which will help us towards our 2025 goal of ensuring 100% of plastic packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable, and also reducing the amount of unnecessary plastic packaging. We’re delighted that Aldi is partnering with our Recycle Now campaign this Recycle Week – more and more people across the UK are recycling, and this is aided by initiatives like this which help make recycling easier for people at home.”
This latest initiative follows a recent move to replace black plastic trays for clear, recyclable versions on six of Aldi’s fruit and vegetable lines.
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