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Co-op chain to embrace part-recycled bottles

co-op chain to embrace part-recycled bottlesUK supermarket chain The Co-Op is to become the first retailer in the UK to sell all its bottled water in recycled containers – a move it says could save almost 350 tonnes of plastic annually.

The new 50% recycled bottles offer a “cloudy” appearance, making them less aesthetically pleasing than the current bottles that the retailer uses. However, the society has said that they are putting their faith in the ethics of their customers who they say would like to see more sustainable packaging options available.

The new bottles, which are processed by Cleantech in Hemswell, Lincolnshire, are made up of 50% recycled plastic, however are 100% recyclable according to the supermarket chain and could amount to a saving of almost 350 tonnes of plastic year on year. The bottles, which contain either still, sparkling or flavoured water, will contain to contain water sourced from Montgomery Spring, North Wales and Princes Foods’ Eden Valley in Cumbria.

Commenting on the move, Co-op Environmental Manager Iain Ferguson said: “Working with stakeholders across both supply and waste value chains is key to increasing the recyclability of our products and sourcing scalable, sustainable alternatives as we strive towards a more circular economy”.

This latest environmentally friendly move from the retailer follows other recent initiatives including a fully biodegradable paper tea bag that contains no plastics for its 99-tea brand. Many teabags in the UK are currently sealed using plastic which means they often are sent to landfill instead of being recycled.

Here at LSPS, recycling is of great importance to us and we help businesses and individuals all across Leicestershire to reduce the amount of their waste that ends up at landfill sites. Our Waste Transfer Station is open to traders and has an extensive range of state of the art equipment.

To find out how about we can help with your waste disposal needs please contact us on 0800 083 7807 or visit our website for further information.

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