Leave packaging at the shop

When you go food shopping, try to take paper bags and containers with you so that you can remove excess packaging in the supermarket and leave it at the till’.

Our Eco Tip encourages consumers to send a very clear message by leaving excess packaging in store for that company to dispose of. It is an idea that is now mainstream – featuring repeatedly since 2006 when the Environment Minister Ben Bradshaw, in the then Labour government, advised consumers to ‘leave excessive wrapping at the tills in an interview with the Guardian Newspaper

Across the UK there most large or compose and chains have responsibilities under the Packaging waste: producer responsibilities. Companies are meant to minimise packaging by weight and volume. Producers also have to maximise reusable parts of the packaging. This might mean reducing the number of different plastics used in a bottle to make it more easily recyclable.

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