2 Sisters leads by example with plastic recycling strategy

European bottled water industry makes recyclability pledge
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2 Sister Food Group is attempting to lead the food processing sector by example after launching a wide-ranging initiative to recycle more plastics across its businesses.

The Group endeavours to significantly slash its plastic packaging by 2020 and, moreover, pledges to phase out its use of un-recyclable bottles and cups at all of its 36 sites in the UK by the end of 2018.

Amongst its recycling strategy is the intention to have 90% of all plastic components in its branded products to be recyclable by 2020.

The Group will also work with retailers and suppliers to develop closed loop solutions to increase packaging recycling.

Ranjit Singh, President of Boparan Holdings, said: “Plastic packaging has played a critical role in reducing food waste and extending shelf life of products, but the environmental impact of this material must be addressed by the whole food system.

“We need a culture change to make the biggest difference – both in the way we use plastics for our products and how we use plastics in our everyday lives.

“So we’re totally committed to putting in place some stretching targets I know my teams in the business are eager to achieve in the next 20 months.

“We already operate responsibly and through our company’s sustainability plan, called Feeding Our Future, but we are keen to take things further than ever before.

“We have collaborated with our suppliers, partners and customers on reducing and improving recyclability of plastic packaging for several years, and now we will do so again to achieve a real step-change by 2020.

“This is a complex issue that requires the involvement, collaboration and innovation of all parties involved in the production, distribution, retail and consumption of food, and we want to act as the lead partner in this.”