Morrisons details their community support programmes

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Morrisons has today announced it is bringing back its “popular” container service in a bid to reduce the amount of single use plastic packaging in stores. The supermarket giant asks customers to bring their own reusable container into store or purchase the ones available in the Home aisles.

Many supermarkets are attempting to reduce the amount of single use plastic used on food products.

The news comes after it was revealed that around 800,000 tonnes of plastic comes from UK supermarkets. 

In a bid to combat this, Morrisons is reintroducing its refillable container service at all stores nationwide.

Each purchase is given a sticky label that is then scanned at tills.

The service can be used at Morrisons Butchers, Fishmongers and Deli.

More than 2,000 tonnes of plastic could be saved if every customer used a refillable container for their purchase in Morrisons.

To celebrate the return of the service, the retailer has slashed the price across selected meat and fish cuts including 8oz rump steaks for just £2.50 and pork belly for just £4 per kilogram.

Natasha Cook, Packaging Manager at Morrisons, said: “Reducing plastic in our stores is an important part of our sustainability agenda and it really matters to our customers too. 

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“The service was very popular with our customers when it was first introduced before lockdown, and we’re pleased to see it return with some great value deals on our fresh, British quality products.”

Elsewhere, Morrisons was the first supermarket to ditch plastic carrier bags and introduce paper bags instead.

The paper bag alternatives have been tested to hold up to 16kg and the retailer said they are reusable, recyclable, water resistant and tear-resistant.

They will cost 30p and there will be cotton and woven bags available too, costing between 75p and £2.50.

The removal of the plastic bags began in Scotland last month and will be phased out across England and Wales this year.

Customers who order their shopping online will also receive their food shop without plastic bags.

David Potts, Chief Executive at Morrisons, said: “We have been listening hard to our customers over the past year and we know that they are passionate about doing their bit to keep plastics out of the environment.

“Removing all of the plastic bags from our supermarkets is a significant milestone in our sustainability programme.”

The supermarket is on track to hit its 50 percent plastic reduction target by 2025.

Sainsbury’s also recently shared an update on what it is doing to help reduce its plastic use in stores.

The retailer has teamed up with Prevented Ocean Plastic to use more recycled plastic on products.

It will aim to turn plastic collected from the coast into packaging on its food.

The recycled packaging will be used on strawberries and fresh fish products by working with packaging supplier Sharpak.

The update in stores will see 34 percent of Sainsbury’s fish and 80 percent of Berry Garden punnets of strawberries be made from the reused material.

As well as making sure they are doing everything they can to reduce plastic, supermarkets have also made sure they are keeping colleagues and staff safe by introducing various different safety measures. 

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