Aldi Ireland has announced that it is removing polystyrene trays from its range of Specially Selected Irish Pizzas, instead introducing cardboard trays.
Arriving in stores this month, the new trays are fully recyclable and will lead to the removal of 3.5 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging each year, the discounter said.
This equates to over 400,000 non-recyclable polystyrene trays being removed from sale across Aldi’s 140 Irish stores, and therefore removed from customers’ household waste.
The German retailer said that for the past six months Aldi has been working with its supplier Freshways Food Co., a Dublin-based company that has been supplying Aldi stores since 2015, to introduce the 100% recyclable packaging trays.
The redesign means all the pizzas in Aldi’s Specially Selected Pizza range will have cardboard trays by 31 January, namely Aldi’s Spicy Salami Pizza, Meat Feast Pizza and Chicken Pesto Pizza.
To date, Aldi’s long-term plastics reduction programme has seen it remove non-detectable black plastic trays from its fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and beef ranges, repackage its Cotton Buds in cardboard, and introduce three new environmentally friendly bag options to its stores, saving the use of 12.5 million plastic bags annually.
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