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Waitrose scraps single-use plastic on multi-packs as it removes it from cans of beans and tomatoes

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Waitrose scraps plastic wrapping on multi-packs as it removes single-use material from millions of cans of beans and chopped tomatoes after coming under pressure from its customers

  • Shoppers will now have to pick tins and cans up individually rather than in packs
  • It will be tested in 17 stores on four of supermarket’s best-selling canned foods
  • It will cut its plastic waste by 18 tonnes a year and could be rolled out nationwide

Waitrose is to remove single-use plastic from millions of cans of baked beans and chopped tomatoes after coming under pressure from customers.

Shoppers will no longer buy multi-packs of cans, wrapped in plastic, but will have to pick them up separately.

But tins will still go through the checkout automatically as a multi-buy deal.

Waitrose is to remove single-use plastic from millions of cans of baked beans and chopped tomatoes after coming under pressure from customers

Waitrose is to remove single-use plastic from millions of cans of baked beans and chopped tomatoes after coming under pressure from customers

The initiative will be tested at 17 stores for four of the upmarket supermarket’s best-selling canned foods – Waitrose baked beans, plum tomatoes, chopped tomatoes in juice and sweetcorn.

It comes after the company was inundated with letters and social media requests to get rid of multi-pack plastic. 

The move will cut its plastic waste by 18 tonnes a year and, if successful, it will consider rolling it out to all stores.

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The initiative will be tested at 17 stores for four of the supermarket's best-selling canned foods but could soon be seen nationwide

The initiative will be tested at 17 stores for four of the supermarket’s best-selling canned foods but could soon be seen nationwide 

Supermarkets have come under growing pressure to reduce plastic, following the Daily Mail’s decade-long campaign to end plastic waste, which pollutes oceans and threatens wildlife.

Ten of Britain’s largest supermarkets and grocery chains produce more than 810,000 tonnes of single-use plastic every year, Greenpeace has found.

Fiona Nicholls, from Greenpeace UK, said: ‘The plastic film on multi-packs is almost always unrecyclable and is a prime example of pointless packaging. Other supermarkets should follow suit and ditch multi-packs without delay.’ 

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