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Supermarkets should lead the way in cutting plastic waste

  • by JW

The council takes away our plastic for ‘recycling’ – but is not entirely clear about where it goes:

What happens to the District Council’s plastic waste…?

Where exactly is our ‘recycled’ plastic ending up?


Meanwhile, it’s clear that it’s really up to manufacturers and supermarkets to stop putting plastic out there in the first place:

Morrison’s fruit and veg to go plastic-free


Hugh  Fearnley-Whittingstalln has been campaigning on this:

We need to cut plastic waste: and supermarkets should lead the way


As there’s a tonne of plastic in supermarkets:

Supermarket – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Again this evening on BBC One, he and and Anita Rani “look at the amount of plastic we produce”:

War on Pastic with Hugh and Anita – Episode 2 Series 1


The Huffington Post reports

War On Plastic: Five Shocking Facts From Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s BBC Documentary

“Every minute of every day a truckload of plastic is finding its way into the oceans.”

Plastic: we’re all very aware of it and many of us are taking steps to reduce our use and recycle it. But do you know how much new plastic we’re using in the UK every year and what happens to it after you’ve dutifully recycled it at home?

Our habit is turning rivers and oceans into a type of plastic soup, and it’s blighting the planet, according to War on Plastic, a new BBC One documentary series featuring Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani.

Here are five eye-opening things we discovered about plastic via the show.

5. The supermarkets could do a LOT more to reduce plastic use.

We hear a lot about the measures supermarkets are taking to reduce plastic – whether that’s introducing packaging-free aisles, or swapping plastic microwave meal packaging for cardboard. But, the documentary shows, supermarkets could be doing a lot more to make it easier for shoppers to cut back.

War On Plastic: Five Shocking Facts From Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s BBC Documentary