Aldi UK boosts plastic Recycling Transparency With Flexible Plastic Fund

"Aldi UK boosts plastic recycling transparency with the Flexible Plastic Fund, paving the way for a greener future."


4/9/20241 min read

Aldi UK boosts plastic
Aldi UK boosts plastic

Aldi UK is clearly showing where all the soft plastic packaging collected from the public goes. They determine what happens every step of the way, from the time people take it to the store to the time it becomes something else. This is made possible with the help of the Flexible Plastic Fund (FPF).

FPF supports supermarkets and manages plastics through eco2Veritas, a smart system developed by Greenback Recycling Technologies. The system tracks the amount of plastic collected, sorts it into types and tracks the amount that is converted back into other products.

If Aldi discloses that they have recycled plastic with eco2Veritas, they receive funding from the FPF.

Anthony Meadows of Greenback said the partnership was a big step towards recycling hard-to-recycle plastics in the UK. He hopes this will encourage more recycling and trust in the process.

Luke Emery, head of plastics and packaging at Aldi UK, said reducing plastic waste was vital. They know their customers care about them too, which is why they are partnering with the Flexible Plastics Fund to improve the amount of plastic recycled from their stores.

Aldi recently received a certificate from eco2Veritas for recycling more plastic. Typically, about 300 tons of plastic are collected each year.

Plastic from Aldi’s collection points goes to a recycling company called Jayplas. It is divided into two main types (Polyethylene and Polypropylene) and is converted into ammunition. Polyethylene rolls are garbage bags, while polypropylene rolls are used for boxes and trays.

The Flexible Plastics Fund (FPF) was launched in May 2021 by big brands such as Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever to help recycle flexible plastic packaging in the UK, and now other brands too including the

Gareth Morton, who leads the FPF project, praised the hard work of everyone involved. He said such initiatives are important because people need to know that their plastic is actually being recycled, and companies need to make the benefits of recycling clear.

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