Co-op launches compostable shopping bags to boost recycling

Shoppers at Co-operative food stores are being offered compostable carrier bags (pictured) that can be used as liners for food waste bins. The bags have been trialled in several areas […]

By Priyanka Shrestha

Shoppers at Co-operative food stores are being offered compostable carrier bags (pictured) that can be used as liners for food waste bins.

The bags have been trialled in several areas in England and is now being rolled out across 400 of its stores in 81 local authority areas where householders are required to use compostable bags for food waste.

The new bags are cheaper than buying a roll of compostable food waste bin liners, the Co-operative claims. It will be charging six pence for each of the bags and hopes it will make it easier for householders to recycle food waste while cutting the cost for consumers.

Iain Ferguson, the Co-operative Food’s Environment Manager said: “Our aim is to enable our customers to recycle more of the products they buy from us – from the leftover food and packaging, right through to the bag they use to carry their shopping home.”

Last year the food retailer pledged to divert all waste away from landfill from more than 2,800 of its stores in the UK.

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