Tesco has rapidly scaled up the amount of soft plastic collection points and now collects plastic from customers for recycling in over 900 stores. It has collected over 850 tonnes of soft plastic to date and is working with partners on several recycling solutions.
25 to 30 tonnes per month of collected material, including bread bags, fruit, vegetable and salad packaging, is currently being sent to Berry’s state of the art recycling facility in Heanor, Derbyshire.
There it is washed, scrubbed and dried, during which processes any unwanted items are removed. The resulting material is then turned into pellets, ready for manufacturing into bin liners.
To ensure it is a circular project, Tesco and Berry have worked together in partnership so that there is full traceability of the collected soft plastics through the supply chain.
To ensure the liners have suitable strength, the Tesco recycled plastic pellet is blended with recovered agricultural films, such as baling wrap. The combination of the two recycled material sources gives the refuse sacks the required strength and durability, with a high resistance to tearing.