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Morrisons to ban black plastic in bid to improve recycling

Morrisons is removing black plastic packaging from all of its own-brand items to make them easier to recycle. 

The move will make almost 4,000 tonnes of packaging more easily recyclable – the equivalent of 7.4 per cent of the plastics used at Morrisons each year – the retailer said.

Black plastic is hard to recycle because it is coloured using carbon black pigments, making it almost impossible to spot at recycling facilities. It tends to end up in landfill.

The supermarket aims to make all packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025, reports BirminghamLive.

It also includes the ready meal range, which has moved from black packaging to a recyclable plastic containing 85 per cent recycled content, Morrisons said.

Natasha Cook, packaging manager at Morrisons, said: "It's important to our customers that we make it easier to recycle plastic and so we are very pleased to announce that we've been able to eliminate black plastic from our own-brand products."

Morrisons claims to be the first retailer to announce the complete removal of black plastic from all of its own-brand food and drink packaging.

And it says its commitments have already removed 9,000 tonnes of unnecessary or problematic plastic each year, including plastic produce bags in fruit and veg aisles and unrecyclable polystyrene from food and drink products.


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