Countdown has announced that it will accept BYO (bring your own) containers for food sold over the counter in its supermarkets nationwide. This follows a successful trial in 18 supermarkets and gives customers the choice to reduce single-use plastic and re-use their own containers at Countdown’s deli, meat and seafood counters.
Kiri Hannifin, general manager corporate affairs, safety and sustainability, said feedback from the trial was overwhelmingly positive.
“We know Kiwis are passionate about reducing single-use plastic. Re-using your own container is a small way to help and as Plastic Free July comes to an end, I’m very pleased to let our customers know that BYO containers are now a reality in Countdown stores,” said Hannifin.
“Customer feedback throughout our BYO container trial was really positive - the only request was to switch to an eco-friendly dishwashing liquid when we give containers a quick clean before filling them. We’ve made this change and are now using Ecostore dishwashing liquid. Food safety is our absolute priority and while BYO containers can slow service down a little while the team get up to speed with the new process, on the whole our customers have been very supportive and know that this is a good change to make."
BYO containers is just one of the many options Countdown is working on in its commitment to reduce plastic including auditing its own brand packaging, changes in produce to reduce plastic, trialling different bag options in bakery, installing produce misting systems to remove the need for packaging on fruit and veggies, and supporting the return of the soft plastics recycling programme in a number of its Auckland stores.