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Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland Remove Unrecyclable Black Plastic Packaging

Single-Use Plastic Items Also Scrapped

Monday October 8th – Lidl confirmed today it is removing black plastic packaging from its entire fruit and vegetable range across all 195 Ireland and Northern Ireland stores before Christmas. The packaging, which cannot be recycled, will be scrapped from fresh fish products by February 2019, followed by fresh meat, poultry and cured meat ranges before August.

Black plastic packaging is not recycled in Ireland or the UK because recycling sorting systems cannot detect the carbon black pigment.

As a result of this move by Lidl, over 65 tonnes of black plastic waste will be avoided annually from fruit and vegetables alone.

Lidl, named Ireland’s ‘Green Retailer of the Year 2018’, said it has also today scrapped the sale of single-use plastic items including drinking straws, disposable plates, cups and cutlery, with plastic-stemmed cotton buds next on the list in the coming months. The single-use plastic items are being replaced with biodegradable alternatives.

No other supermarket on the island of Ireland has committed to such firm and imminent commitments in relation to either type of plastic.