Ask your supermarket to take action on packaging waste

Kierra Box

01 February 2017

1 billion black plastic food trays go to landfill each year. Let's fix this.

We were shocked to hear that billions of the "recyclable" black plastic trays used for many ready meals and other food items end up in landfill. 

It turns out that, even though these trays could be recycled, the black pigment used to make them look sleek and shiny on the shelves makes them "invisible" to most of the machines that sort our recycling.

This means that even when we think we're helping the environment by recycling our packing at home, most of the time they'll head straight back to join the rest of our rubbish at the dump. 

It doesn't have to be this way. For just 0.05p* per tray, manufacturers and retailers could switch to a type of pigment that is easily recognised by sorting machines. And we could end all this needless waste. 

It's ridiculous that this hasn't happened already. 

Many supermarkets have even tested new recyclable trays – but they're still using the old ones.

Let's let the supermarkets know that we want recyclable to mean recyclable.

Take action – tweet your supermarket

Tweet Tesco

Tweet Morrisons

Tweet Sainsburys

Tweet Marks & Spencer

Tweet Waitrose

Tweet Lidl

Tweet Aldi

Tweet Coop

Tweet ASDA

 

*Earlier reports suggested this change would cost 0.5p per tray. More recently, packaging manufacturers have clarified that the cost could be as little as 0.05p. This page was updated on 5 April 2017 to reflect this. 

ready meal in non-recyclable black plastic tray