Discount supermarket Lidl has said that it will begin transitioning to the new compostable fruit and vegetable bags from the beginning of next year. It comes as part of its new initiatives including its REset Plastic strategy, to help reduce plastic waste and support recycling.
“By offering convenient solutions such as compostable bags and making it easier for customers to recycle more plastic through our in-store drop off points, we are hoping to give customers the opportunity to take small steps to reduce and recycle their plastic packaging.”
Customers were delighted with the news and took to social media to share their thoughts.
One Twitter user, Michael Arun, said: “Good to see the discounters taking steps to prevent unnecessary plastic, big news.”
Another person, Louis Lis, explained: “Would be nice to see them being rolled out sooner but understand these things take lots of planning.”
Customers can recycle these items, from any brand or retailer.
Compostable bags should be used for food waste and not placed in these collection points.
Shoppers will be able to find these drop-off points at the front of Lidl stores.
The retailer has said that all products dropped off will be recycled into products, such as refuse sacks.
Lidl has said it will be rolled out nationwide if it proves to be a success.
Helen Bird, Strategic Technical Manager, WRAP, said: “While we need to reduce single use packaging where possible, where it’s not, packaging must be recyclable and that’s what members of The UK Plastics Pact have pledged to do by 2025.
“It’s great news that Lidl is taking its responsibility seriously in this area and introducing collection points for bags and wrapping under The Pact.
“Our research shows that many citizens were willing to bring this material back to stores and we’re encouraged by the success of these collections to date.”