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Retailer introduces colour-coded recycled plastic trays

This week news broke that Waitrose is set to introduce multicoloured recycled trays for its ready meals.

Each tray’s colour will vary to indicate the volume of recycled plastic that has gone into making it – shades will include red, pink and green. The retailer announced this initiative was part of its plan to eliminate traditional black trays used for ready meals to stop them from going into landfill.

The grocer has also stated the change in production will mean the coloured trays will be more widely recyclable and will save 500 tons of black plastic going to landfill.

Indeed, it would be encouraging to see retailers collectively introduce colour-coded packaging to identify different grades of plastic, to aid recyclers when sorting material. For example, anything made from PET would be a standard colour, which would help waste management companies (like Casepak) sort and grade material before it goes onto the next stage of the recycling process.

For tips on achieving the best recycling outcomes, check out Casepak’s handy Guide to Recycling here.