Packaging Self-Regulation

Lidl to Stop Using Black Plastic Packaging

Lidl UK plans to remove black plastic from its fruit and vegetable range by the end of this month and from its fresh meat, fish and poultry range by August next year.

Black plastic packaging cannot be recycled in the UK because it cannot be detected by the sorting systems. Lidl uses an estimated 50 tonnes of black plastic per year.

Lidl plans to make 100% of its own-label packaging recyclable, reusable or refillable.

Black plastic packaging will be replaced by alternatives that are fully recyclable, but which could include clear plastic.

Ryan McDonnell, Lidl’s commercial board director, said

“The significant move away from black plastic demonstrates our dedication to tackling this important topic”.

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