Boylan welcomes supermarket removal of single-use plastics
Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has welcomed confirmation that Lidl will remove all single-use plastics and black plastic packaging from fruit and veg products in its stores across the north.
The supermarket chain has also announced further measures to remove black plastic packaging from other items by Summer 2019.
The party’s Energy, Environment & Climate Change spokesperson said:
“Moves by Lidl to remove all-single use plastics and black plastic packaging from the fruit and veg range in their stores is a positive step in the fight against plastic pollution.
“Black plastic containers cannot be recycled and it’s estimated that this initiative will result in the removal of 65 tonnes of plastic waste each year.
“This figures should act as an incentive for other stores and manufacturers to get involved in tackling this manmade problem.
“With over 10 million tonnes of plastic waste leaking into our oceans each year, we are reaching a critical point.
“We all have a responsibility to make the right choice and move to renewable alternatives that will help drive the fight against plastic pollution.”