Foodstuffs is a member of the Packaging Forum, and we play an active role in promoting the sustainable use of packaging.
We also encourage our suppliers to accept responsibility in terms of the environmental effects of their products, and to comply with the Code of Practice for the Packaging of Consumer Goods.
Foodstuffs recognises that plastic bags are not ideal from an environmental perspective as they are not accepted for recycling at kerbside and are damaging if they end up in the marine environment. In line with our aim to offer 100% recyclable solutions for our customers, we are focusing on reducing usage and providing a sustainable disposal route through our Soft Plastic Recycling at Store initiative.
Foodstuffs new recyclable butchery tray has proved a great success and is helping to divert 80 million trays away from landfill annually and back into the recycling stream. The tray was awarded top prize in both the commercial section of the Waste Industry awards in 2015 and the Waste Minimisation category at the Ministry for the Environment's 2016 Green Ribbon Awards.
With few local authorities offering a kerbside recycling collection for plastic bags, Foodstuffs in partnership with other food manufacturers, retailers and packaging companies, has now started soft plastic packaging (including plastic bags) recycling back at store in all our Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Hamilton PAK’nSAVE and New World supermarkets.
The programme is coordinated by REDcycle and the Packaging Forum. It’s been hugely successful with over four tonnes a week being picked up from all locations. Queenstown and Wanaka are due to join the programme in March, and Dunedin soon after.