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Tesco launches plastics-to-oil recycling trial

Tesco is to collect previously unrecyclable plastics in 10 of its stores in the Bristol and Swindon areas as part of a trial with Recycling Technologies (RT).

Customers will be able to return items such as pet food pouches, shopping bags and crisp packets that are not normally collected by councils, and the materials will be converted using RT’s Plaxx process into an oil that can be used to make new plastic.

Tesco director of quality Sarah Bradbury said: “Our trial with RT will make even more of our packaging recyclable and help us to reach our target. This technology could be the final piece of the jigsaw for the UK plastic recycling industry.”

RT chief executive Adrian Griffiths said. “Using our specialist feedstock recycling process, we keep more plastic waste in the economy and out of landfill and our oceans.

“This initiative with Tesco is designed to show there are solutions to recover this important material. Our goal is to double the UK’s capacity to recycle plastic waste by 2027.”

Tesco has said that 83% of its own-label packaging is recyclable and this could reach 90% if the RT trial is extended to all its stores, the equivalent of 65,000 tonnes a year of plastic. Tesco is working towards all its packaging being fully recyclable by 2025.

RT has been expanding its services during the past year, with plans to process plastics in Swindon and Scotland.


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