Using recyclable, clear trays for fruit and vegetable displays instead of the previous black, hard-to-recycle trays, Aldi supermarkets in Aberdeenshire will save an estimated 265 tonnes of plastic per year. The change comes as part of the store's aims to ensure all packaging it uses is recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
The black trays previously used cannot be identified by machines separating recyclables from waste and consequently are often sent to landfills.
“Cutting waste is part of Aldi’s DNA, and we have a longstanding commitment to minimising our impact on the environment. That’s why we are doing all we can to cut the amount of unnecessary packaging and plastics we use and are working to ensure all our packaging can be either reused, recycled or composted by 2025. One part of that is to prevent plastic going to landfill by using materials that are easier to recycle, like these clear trays, but also to ensure that there is a demand for recycled plastic by using it in products like our pasta pots,” said managing director of Corporate Responsibility at ALDI UK, Fritz Walleczek.