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Harmful Black Plastic Containers Are Set To Disappear this Christmas as Supermarkets Move to Ban It from Stores

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In a move to help reduce plastic waste, a collection of supermarkets are coming together in an effort to remove black plastic from its stores.

Supermarkets giants including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and ASDA have revealed they’re joining an initiative aimed at removing harmful black plastic containers from products on sale in their stores.

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The four major supermarkets are joining Morrisons, with Iceland, Co-Op and Aldi planning to join the initiative later in 2020, in attempting to eliminate the use of black plastic in its packaging.

At present, thousands of tonnes of unrecycled black plastic, which is harder to recycle than standard plastic due to its complex composition, end up in landfills across the UK, causing untold environmental damage.

The black plastic ban UK is seen as a massive win for environmental campaigners for the reduction of plastic waste, and could be an important step forward in eradicating the use of plastic in all products sold by the supermarkets.

Of the group of supermarkets aiming to reduce the volume of black plastic, ASDA and Sainsbury’s are currently on track to completely ban its use by the end of 2019, which will save an estimated 6,000 tonnes of the harmful plastic finding its way into landfills.

All other supermarkets aim to reduce, or eradicate, black plastic use by 2020.

For more information on the black plastic ban UK visit Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and ASDA online.

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