Labelling is key and there is currently very little consistency between retailers, said Tesco senior buying manager Andrew Duckworth at a recent conference organised by Recoup.
Along with other major grocers and brands, the supermarket has signed up to the Courtauld Commitment initiated by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The commitments signatories have pledged to tackle the problems of packaging and food waste.
We are going to be realistic and we are going to say sorry this cannot be recycled if there isnt the infrastructure in place for a material, Duckworth said.
He added the move is part of Tescos overall approach to tackling packaging waste. The supermarket has a target to achieve sending zero waste to landfill and Duckworth said it aims to have one landfill free region by the end of the year. Tesco wants all of its stores to be zero waste to landfill over the next 18 months to two years.
It plans to achieve this through minimising in-store waste creation, utilising existing treatment facilities to avoid landfill and developing its own energy from waste facility in the long-term.