How we’re tackling packaging and plastic waste
Aldi has always been committed to tackling waste, and helping our customers do the same, to minimise our impact on the environment.
That’s why we have committed to being a founding member of WRAP's new cross-sector initiative, which will transform the UK plastics system and tackle plastic pollution.
It’s also why, in March 2018, we created a wide-ranging packaging reduction strategy and committed to ensuring that all packaging on our own-brand products will be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022.
We will be taking a number of steps to make this happen, including removing 5p carrier bags from our stores by the end of 2018, and will instead offer customers bags for life and reusable carrier bags made from back-of-store plastic waste.
We have pledged our support, in principle, for a national deposit return scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles and are currently assessing the feasibility of how we could implement such a scheme.
We will report on our overall progress each year and, to help hit those targets, we are creating a packaging task force – made up of both independent experts and those from within our business – to drive innovation.
The Aldi 10 Plastic and Packaging Pledges
1. By 2022 Aldi aims for 100% of all own label packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable (where it does not have a detrimental effect on product quality or safety, or increase food waste).
2. By 2025 Aldi aims to achieve 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging across all products (where it does not have a detrimental effect on product quality or safety, or increase food waste).
3. By 2025, Aldi aims to reduce packaging by 50% (relative to 2015 baseline).
4. By 2025 Aldi aims for 50% of its packaging to be made from recycled material.
5. Aldi will publicly report on its packaging progress annually starting in 2019.
6. Aldi will educate customers on the importance of waste reduction (reduce, reuse, recycle) through its community programmes.
7. All single-use plastic bags will be scrapped by the end of 2018.
8. Aldi will work in partnership with other retailers to reduce its dependence on plastic.
9. Aldi will establish a Packaging Task Force with its Buying Teams and external experts to deliver these goals.
10. In principal Aldi supports a Deposit Return Scheme for plastic bottles and is conducting a feasibility study into how it could implement such a scheme.