Tesco to trial carton take-back scheme

Carton recycling points are to be introduced in 11 Tesco stores in England and Wales, as part of a five month trial

Carton recycling points are to be introduced in 11 Tesco stores in England and Wales, as part of a five month trial in partnership with Kellogg’s and the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE).

The trio have partnered up to trial the recycling points “to see how prepared customers are to return the packaging to stores for recycling”.

The trail comes as part of Tesco’s ‘4R plan for packaging’ — Remove, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle —and ACE UK says this builds on its “national carton bring bank network”.

Kellogg’s, the company which owns the snack brand Pringles, added that the recycling points can also be used as a short term recycling solution for Pringles cartons.

It said that it is “committed to improving the recyclability of the Pringles tube so the can be recycled in household collections”.

Improve recycling rates

Tesco’s head of packaging James Bull said: “We are overhauling our packaging by removing unnecessary and non-recyclable packaging from our business and will make sure everything we use can be recycled continuously.

“Inconsistency in the UK’s recycling infrastructure remains a problem and it is vital that the Government quickly implements its plans for collection across councils. In the meantime, we will test new in-store recycling facilities for packaging such as cartons to see if we can improve recycling rates.”

Mandy Kelly, recycling manager for ACE UK said, “We are delighted to be working on this collaborative project with Tesco and Pringles. Whilst our primary focus will remain on increasing kerbside collection for beverage cartons we know that the easier it is for consumers to recycle, the higher the recycling rate.

“This trial represents an ideal opportunity to increase easy access to carton recycling while we continue to work hard to get cartons collected at kerbside everywhere in the UK.”

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