Tesco to ditch plastic-wrap for multipack tins
24 January 2020

Tesco is removing plastic wrapping from its multipack tins in an effort to cut down on waste.

The supermarket giant says it will remove 350 tonnes of plastic a year from the environment.

Britain's biggest supermarket is working with the likes of Heinz and Green Giant to replace plastic-wrapped multipacks with multi-buy deals.

Tesco said the move was the first of its kind by a major UK retailer.

And environmental group Greenpeace welcomed the decision to get rid of what it called "pointless plastic".

The changes start on 2 March when Tesco will stop ordering more plastic-wrapped multipacks. Some items will remain on the shelves as Tesco sells down remaining stocks.

More than 40% of Tesco customers buy tinned multipacks, with 183,000 sold across its stores every day. Multipacks of baked beans, tuna, tinned tomatoes and soup are among the most frequently-bought grocery items in the UK, it said.

"We are removing all unnecessary and non-recyclable plastic from Tesco," said Tesco chief executive, Dave Lewis.

Late last year Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose pledged to clear hard-to-recycle "black plastics" from shelves.

"While we know we have more to do, this initiative is good news for the environment," said Georgiana de Noronha, president of Kraft Heinz in Northern Europe.