Aldi trials tray plastic removal from whole fresh chickens to cut packaging

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Aldi: shrink wrapping whole fresh chickens and removing plastic trays

Aldi is trialling the removal of all plastic trays from its whole fresh chickens nationwide, in a bid to further reduce unnecessary plastic. 

Instead, the birds are packaged in shrink wrapping, which will reduce the amount of plastic used by an average of 66% and eliminate 116 tonnes of plastic annually if successful.

All of Aldi’s core range of fresh meat is from British, Red Tractor-approved farms.

Richard Gorman, plastics and packaging director at Aldi, said: “We are committed to reducing plastic and unnecessary packaging wherever possible, while still offering the highest-quality products at the lowest prices.

“We’re always looking for ways to help our customers to shop even more sustainably at Aldi, and plan to have all of our products in reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.”

Aldi has pledged to halve the volume of plastic packaging it uses by 2025. This will see the supermarket remove 74,000 tonnes of plastic from circulation.

The trial of the change to Aldi’s whole fresh chicken packaging follows the removal of single-use plastic from all own-label tea bags. This year, Aldi has also banned plastic egg packaging and plastic straws from all own-brand drink cartons.