Lidl to Scrap 5p Plastic Bags

Sunday, March 11th, 2018 News

Supermarket chain Lidl is scrapping its 5p bag scheme in favor of its more sturdier 9p bags for life.

In a bid to help reduce plastic wastage, Lidl are opting to ditch its plastic bags but you can still pick up one of its bags for life. Lidl estimate that this edict will remove plastic bags by 67 million by the end of 2018.

9p bags for life can be exchanged for free if broken and are stronger lasting than regular bags. Competitor supermarket chains Aldi, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have already vowed to make this move. Lidl have stated that this change is expected to reduce plastic waste by 134 tonnes each year.

“We want to create a major shift in the way that packaging and plastics are used, to ensure that these resources are recovered and retained, eradicating plastic waste and moving us towards a truly circular system in the long term. We know our business and the wider industry needs to take big steps to achieve this; that’s why we have set clear and ambitious targets, not only to ensure that our packaging is completely recyclable, but that we are driving demand for this material by driving recycled content.”

Lidls goals:

  • By 2022, the amount of plastic packaging will be reduced by 20%
  • 100% of packaging will be widely recyclable*, reusable or refillable by 2025
  • 50% of packaging will be made from recycled materials by 2025

In 2016 Lidl signed the WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 2025, an initiative to help reduce food waste and improving the efficiency of food production.

Earlier this week, competitor Aldi announced its pledge to support the UK Plastic Pact – a scheme to help reduce plastic pollution. Lidl have also pledged to join this initiative.





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