Tesco Ireland is working hard to reduce the use of plastics through working with suppliers and by minimising plastic packaging in Tesco own label products. We have set challenging targets that will deliver a step change in how much plastic waste we generate: by 2025 all our packaging will be fully recyclable or compostable, all our paper and cardboard will be 100% sustainable and we will halve the amount of packaging weight in our business.
Our product teams are developing innovative packaging plans to deliver on our 2025 commitments. Some recent examples of this work include a 20% reduction in the weight of packaging for Tesco Baby Wet Wipes; changes to our Tesco finest steaks packs which has reduced packaging by 20 tonnes per year and the removal of pads from our Tesco Mince which has reduced the packaging weight by five tonnes per year. Also, we no longer provide single use carrier bags at checkouts.
We welcome our customer’s feedback and we will have recycling bins available in stores on Saturday 21st April to accept plastic packaging customers want to return to us. We are a member of Repak which has led the way in improving recycling levels in Ireland.