Black plastic to go at Waitrose

Waitrose vegetables in black plastic tray

More good news from Waitrose: it will stop selling own-brand food in black plastic trays by the end of 2019 – and you won't see black plastic for use with meat, fish, fruit and vegetables by the end of this year.

Often used for ready meals and puddings, black plastic cannot be sensed properly by the lasers used in the recycling process and therefore head to landfill, explains the supermarket.

"Not many people realise that black plastic is tough to recycle," says Tor Harris, Head of Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing at Waitrose. "As a retailer dedicated to reducing the impact of plastic packaging on the environment, becoming black plastic free across all our own label products is the right thing to do."

Waitrose has also committed to making all of its packaging 'widely recycled, reusable or home compostable by 2025' and last week announced it would stop selling plastic drinking straws.

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