Aldi to recycle additional 70 tonnes of plastic

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

An Irish supermarket has begun the process of switching from coloured caps to increase its annual recycling output.

In a bid to recycle an additional 70 tonnes of plastic into food-grade packaging per year,

ALDI Ireland is removing coloured plastic caps from its milk cartons.

Instead, its private label Clonbawn milk products will now come with clear caps, which are easier to recycle.

The rollout, which will take place on a phased basis, has already commenced across 500ml and one-litre milk products and cream lines, with other products to follow over the coming months.

ALDI claims that an additional 70 tonnes per year of recycled High-Density Polythene (rHDPE) can be turned back into food-grade packaging, as the easier to recycle clear tops will be reused to create new milk cartons.

 “We have pledged that all of our packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, and this switch from coloured to clear caps across our milk products is the latest step we are taking,” said Luke Emery, Plastics and Packaging Director at ALDI.

“With this switch to clear milk tops, it means they are now easier to recycle, and they can be turned back into new packaging.

“We know it’s becoming increasingly important to our customers that their everyday products are environmentally-friendly, as it is to us, and we are constantly reviewing ways to become a more sustainable business.”

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