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Packaging and recycling Policy - The Waitrose Way

Packaging and recycling policy - The Waitrose Way - Treading Lightly
Waitrose is committed to making the right choices for the environment including reducing packaging, waste, CO2 emissions and responsibly sourcing our food. 

Full details can be found on our Waitrose.com, please click HERE to access.

Some Highlights-
In 2016, we were the first supermarket to stop selling products containing microbeads.

In 2017 we introduced sandwich packaging which makes it easier for the cardboard to be separated from the plastic, helping boost the ease of recycling. The packaging of Waitrose Duchy Organic jumbo oats 1kg changed from plastic to cardboard. Fresh meat steaks changed to a flat vacuum pack from a plastic tray. 

In 2018 our cafes moved to paper straws and from September 2018 we stopped selling single-use plastic straws.


From the end of this year, we'll stop using black plastic packaging altogether for our meat, fish and fruit and veg. We'll also stop using black plastic for all our own label goods by the end of 2019.
 
We’re always looking to innovate with non-plastic packaging. We've successfully tested a food by-product punnet for Waitrose Duchy cherry and baby plum tomatoes which is made out of tomato leaf and recycled cardboard and two of our Italian ready meals in wooden trays which feel like cardboard.

While paper bags may seem a good alternative to plastic bags it can have its own environmental challenges, for example, it can take three times more energy to make a paper bag than a plastic one. We do encourage our customers to recycle plastic bags by providing recycling points in our shops. Our delivery drivers can also take carrier bags away with them to be recycled. Our bags for life are made from 100% recycled plastic.

As part of this ongoing commitment, we announced on 13 November 2018 that we've brought forward our target to make all our own-brand packaging widely-recycled, reusable or home compostable from 2025 to 2023. Based on our 2017 figures, this means we'll replace approximately 11,000 tonnes of non-recycled plastic within those two years with more sustainable alternatives.

 


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