Coles and Woolworths introduce new targets

Supermarket giants step up war on plastic

Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths are stepping up their war on plastic, introducing new targets to slash the amount of wrapping on fresh fruit and vegetables. This Monday, the retailers committed to going further than their previous announcements to ditch single-use plastic bags in response to demands from consumers.

"We know that 69 percent of customers say that we need to actively reduce waste and landfill through recyclable packaging and find alternative uses for waste," Coles managing director John Durkan said. Coles pledged to reduce plastic wrapping on fruit and vegetables, including bunches of bananas, kale and silver beet and replace meat and poultry packaging with recycled and renewable materials.

It set itself a deadline of 2020 to halve food waste from its supermarkets and make all packaging of its home-brand products recyclable. The retailer will also donate the equivalent of 100 million meals to people in need by redistributing surplus food. also reported on Woolworths’ plans to ban plastic straws by the end of this year, while its program to remove plastic wrap from fruit and veg will be expanded to include another 80 products. It's also looking to expand its food waste reduction programs to all stores.

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