A Derry supermarket has confirmed it will remove all single-use plastics and black plastic packaging from fruit and veg products in its stores across the north.
Local Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has welcomed the announcement that the supermarket chain will implement further measures to remove black plastic packaging from other items by Summer 2019.
The party’s local 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.”
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