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Tesco bags plastic recycling deal

Retailer Tesco is to offer customers single-use carrier bags made from plastic waste.

It has worked with Recoup and Eurokey Recycling to have its plastic waste, such as pallet and multi-pack wrapping, turned into a second life product.  

The bags are made from 100% recycled LDPE, of which 80% is post-consumer plastic waste and the remainder recycled from the production process. 

Tesco procurement manager Robin Hughes said:  “We believe that recycling materials back into products makes sense for the industry and the environment.”

The material is collected by Eurokey, which sorts it at its facility in eastern Europe to prepare the LDPE for reprocessing. Plastics are then processed and granulated at the Papier-Mettler facility in Morbach, Germany.  

Recoup chief executive Stuart Foster said the initiative was “a perfect example of how joined up actions between the supply and recycling chain can deliver efficient recycling of plastic resources in a transparent way”.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Does the waste material really need to travel all that way to eastern europe, then germany, then return back to the UK?????

    Legislation should dictate that, if technically and economically possible (as is the case in this example), the waste which was created in the UK, should undoubtedly be reprocessed within the UK! Thus providing the much needed investment and jobs that the industry requires. Why is this still not the case?

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