Morrisons has announced plans to launch six “zero waste” stores, which aim to recycle all packaging and unsold food by 2025.
The supermarket chain will also introduce recycling points for customers for products not typically collected on bin days, including wrappers, empty crisp packets and face masks.
Bosses said if the trials in six stores in Edinburgh are successful, they will roll the format out to all 498 supermarkets across the UK over the next year.
The plans are in partnership Nestle, which will be responsible for recycling soft plastics for the first time in the UK, with no waste shipped to other countries for processing.
Store waste will be sorted by staff in storage rooms, including soft and hard plastics, cardboard, food waste, green waste, PPE, tins, cans and foils.
To combat food waste, the supermarket said it will also offer more unsold goods through its Too Good To Go app, where surplus food is sold at a heavy discount.
Jamie Winter, sustainability procurement director at Morrisons, said: “We believe that we can, at a stroke, enable these trial stores to move from recycling around 27% of their general waste to over 84%, and with a clear line of sight to 100%.”
He added: “All waste collected in our stores will be recycled here in the UK – we will not reprocess anything abroad.”
Morrisons said it has already reduced own-brand plastic packaging by 8,000 tonnes since 2017 and aims to cut operational food waste by 50% by 2030.
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