Aldi cuts non-recyclable polystyrene packaging from pizza range

Aldi has pledged to remove another 3.5 tonnes of plastic from its production process

In another step towards a plastic-free future, Aldi has confirmed that it has removed non-recyclable plastic from its Specially Selected pizza range. The move will result in an estimated 3.5 tonnes of plastic eliminated from circulation annually.

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4 February 2020 | 0

Aldi Ireland has pledged to remove non-recyclable polystyrene trays from its multi-award winning range of Specially Selected Irish Pizzas, instead introducing cardboard trays. Arriving in stores this month, the new trays are fully recyclable and will lead to the removal of 3.5 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging each year.

This equates to over 400,000 non-recyclable polystyrene trays being removed from sale across Aldi’s 140 Irish stores, and in turn, customers’ waste.

To enact the plan, Aldi has spent the past six months working with its supplier Freshways Food Co., a Dublin-based company that has been supplying Aldi stores since 2015, to introduce the 100% recyclable packaging trays. The redesign means all the pizzas in Aldi’s Specially Selected Pizza range have had cardboard trays since 31 January.

The initiative is part of Aldi’s ongoing commitment to remove all expanded polystyrene trays, non-detectable black plastic trays, and PVC from all Aldi own-brand product packaging by the end of 2020.

John Curtin, Aldi’s group buying director said the company is committed to reducing plastic usage and eliminating non-recyclable materials from its own-label range. “We’re doing this in collaboration with our suppliers in response to customer demand for greener alternatives,” he said, “and our latest initiative gives Aldi customers more options to shop with us sustainably for the products they already know and love.

“We’re also delighted to be expanding our Specially Selected Pizza range with Freshways,” he added, “one of 200 trusted Irish suppliers whose innovative approach to product development, and now packaging, supports the work we’re doing towards a more sustainable offering for Irish customers.”

 

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