Tesco removes plastic carrier bags from online business

Tesco will stop using carrier bags to deliver groceries from its online business as part of its work to use less plastic.

The move will mean that 250 million fewer carrier bags will be delivered to customers’ homes each year and nearly 2,000 tonnes of plastic will come out of production annually.

Delivery drivers will be ready to offer customers a helping hand with the changes, by taking groceries out of the reusable trays and into customers’ kitchens.

Tesco quality director Sarah Bradbury said: “We’re looking for ways to reduce the amount of plastic we use. We know it’s an important issue for customers, colleagues and our business and we know we have to do more. We’re reviewing all our packaging, including plastic, looking to remove where possible. Where it’s not right to remove, we will reduce, help customers reuse, and ensure all packaging can be recycled. Our scale means a simple, straightforward change can have a big impact.”

By the end of the year, the supermarket chain will have removed the hardest-to-recycle materials from its own-brand packaging. To date 570 more products have widely recyclable packaging, and around 3,000 tonnes of hard-to-recycle plastics have been removed in the process.

Following government guidelines, Tesco will continue to provide small red bags to separate raw meat and fish (plus cleaning products in England). Customers can ensure these bags are recycled by handing them back to their delivery drivers. Some loose fruit and vegetables will be delivered in small plastic grab bags but again, customers can ensure these bags are recycled by handing them back to their delivery drivers.

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