Aldi is set to trial a change to its semi-skimmed milk, which could be rolled out across all of its UK stores if successful.
The supermarket has issued a message to customers that drink semi-skimmed milk, letting them know that the milk bottle may look a little different. Aldi is planning to replace the well-known green lid with a clear one in order to increase recyclability.
This clear caps, while minor, will help with recycling as the green bottle tops on its British Semi Skimmed Standard Milk is more difficult to repurpose. The change is set to be trialled in select stores over the coming weeks, reports the Manchester Evening News.
This comes amid the the budget supermarket's push to have half of its plastic packaging made from recycled materials by 2025. The trial will start in selected stores, in Cheshire, Manchester and Liverpool, and if successful will be rolled out across all of its UK stores.
So, if you are shopping later this year and see clear caps, remember that the semi-skimmed may not be out of stock - it just looks a bit different.
The trial is being carried out in partnership with milk supplier Müller. If successful and rolled out to all Müller-supplied stores, an additional 60 tonnes per year of recycled High-Density Polythene (rHDPE) could be turned back into food-grade packaging.
Richard Gorman, Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi, said: “We know it’s becoming increasingly important to our customers that their everyday products are environmentally-friendly, and we are constantly reviewing ways to become a more sustainable supermarket.
"By trialling clear milk caps we are making our milk bottles easier to recycle, so they can be turned back into new packaging.”
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