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Tesco to end use of small plastic bags, trays and wrappers

Tesco is to remove one billion pieces of plastic from products by the end of 2020 as it seeks to reduce its environmental impact, the UK retailer has announced
Tesco is to remove one billion pieces of plastic from products by the end of 2020 as it seeks to reduce its environmental impact, the UK retailer has announced

By Josie Clarke

Tesco is to remove one billion pieces of plastic from products by the end of 2020 as it seeks to reduce its environmental impact, the UK retailer has announced.

The supermarket will end its use of small plastic bags commonly used to pack loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items, and replace them with paper ones.

It will also remove plastic trays from ready meals, secondary lids on products such as cream and yoghurt, sporks and straws from snack pots and drinks cartons, and 200 million wrappers used to pack clothing and greetings cards.

Where non-recyclable and excess packaging cannot be removed, for example where it prevents food waste, the retailer has pledged to reduce it to an absolute minimum.

It is also looking at ways to reuse its packaging, saying that "if packaging can't be recycled, it will have no place at Tesco".

The retailer met with 1,500 suppliers in August to let them know of its plans.

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