Lidl targets removing two billion pieces of plastic by end of 2022

LIDL has announced that over one billion pieces of plastic have been removed from its UK stores.

It comes as part of the supermarket’s commitment to eliminate plastic waste, with over 24 million plastic trays and punnets being removed from its dairy range, as well as 19 million plastic tags from its fruit and vegetable lines, and 2.5 million pieces of plastic packaging on fresh flowers.

Following the announcement, Lidl said it is committed to building on the success and will pledge to remove 1.5 billion pieces of plastic by the end of 2021 and two billion pieces by the end of 2022.

Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB, said, “It is fantastic that we have been able to reach this significant milestone which demonstrates our commitment to tackling excessive plastic waste and working collaboratively with all of our suppliers.

“We recognise, however, there is still more to do in this area which is why we are pushing to go further by removing even more pieces of plastic from our stores and packaging over the next two years and rolling-out our leading ocean-bound plastic packaging across more and more categories in our stores.”