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Aldi introduces 100% recyclable pizza discs

Aldi introduces 100% recyclable pizza discs

Aldi introduces 100% recyclable pizza discs

Aldi has introduced what it says is fully recyclable pizza discs across its entire range in a bid to reduce plastic waste.

Aldi introduces 100% recyclable pizza discs

The supermarket, which was the first in the UK to sign up to WRAP’s plastics pact, has introduced the 100% recyclable discs  made from cardboard instead of polystyrene for all of its pizza products.

The change will remove 180 tonnes of plastic from circulation annually that could otherwise end up in landfill.  It will also mean nearly 500 fewer trucks a year are needed to transport the waste.

The discs are used to protect the product when they are packaged. Alongside this, without reducing the size of the pizza, Aldi is making its ‘Thin & Crispy’ pizza cartons smaller, cutting the amount of cardboard the supermarket uses by 73 tonnes a year.

While offering product protection, polystyrene discs have long been singled out as causing a major waste problem with hundreds of tonnes going to landfill every year. Last year Co-op replaced its polystyrene pizza discs with corrugated cardboard.

Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “Polystyrene pizza discs are a serial offender when it comes to waste packaging, so it’s important that we tackle this issue directly. This move is one part of a much larger campaign to reduce our environmental impact wherever possible – be that food waste, packaging or emissions.

“Introducing recyclable pizza discs across our entire range is another step towards our aim for all product packaging to be 100% recyclable by 2025.”

Earlier this year Aldi announced a 10-point plastics and packaging pledge that will see it scrap all single-use plastic bags by the end of this year and ensure all own-label product packaging is fully recyclable by 2022.

Since then it has made a range of changes to packaging that it claims will save more than 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste a year.

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