How we’re tackling packaging and plastic waste

Plastic packaging plays an important role in protecting some products from damage, making sure that they can be transported easily and helping to reduce waste by preserving food for longer. We are however aware of the negative impact that plastic has on the environment and know this is an issue that matters to our customers.

In March 2018, we introduced 8 plastic and packaging pledges to reduce the amount of packaging we use.

OUR 8 PLASTIC AND PACKAGING PLEDGES

By 2022 Aldi aims for 100% of all own-label packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable (where it does not have a detrimental effect on product quality or safety, or increase food waste)

By 2025 Aldi aims to achieve 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging across all products (where it does not have a detrimental effect on product quality or safety, or increase food waste)

By 2025 Aldi aims to reduce packaging by 50% (relative to 2015 baseline)

By 2025 Aldi aims for 50% of its packaging to be made from recycled material

Aldi will publicly report on its packaging progress annually, starting in 2019

Aldi is educating customers on the importance of waste reduction (reduce, reuse, recycle)

Aldi is working in partnership with other retailers to reduce its dependence on plastic

Aldi has established a Packaging Task Force with its Buying Teams and external experts to deliver these goals

IN ADDITION TO OUR ORIGINAL 8 PLASTIC AND PACKAGING PLEDGES, WE DECIDED TO ADD THREE MORE

We will remove non-biodegradable glitter from Christmas wrapping paper and greeting cards by Christmas 2019 and from all products by the end of 2020

We aim to remove difficult to recycle packaging, including expanded polystyrene, PVC and non-detectable black plastic from our core range of food products by the end of 2020

We aim to reduce plastic packaging by 25% by the end of 2023

Packaging progress

We have made good progress since our plastic pledge was introduced last year.

We were named Ireland’s Most Eco-Friendly Company of 2019 at the Checkout National FMCG Awards and were awarded the Corporate Impact Award at the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards 2019.

  • 87% of our own brand core range packaging is currently recyclable
  • 715,000 kg of non-recyclable packaging was moved to recyclable material
  • Replaced 1.65 million non-recyclable plastic trays with cardboard trays in our Specially Selected Tomato Range
  • We have removed 495,000 kg of plastic from our own-brand products
  • We have removed 370,000kg of packaging from our own-brand products
  • 10 million non-recyclable black plastic trays were removed from our fresh beef, fresh fish and fruit and vegetable lines
  • We have moved 422,000 non-recyclable polystyrene trays to cardboard in our Specially Selected pizza range
  • 10 million single-use produce bags will be removed from circulation and replaced with domestically compostable bags
  • We have removed plastic glitter from our own-brand products, including our Halloween and Christmas range.

Our total packaging tonnage. We have introduced a number of initiatives to reduce overall packaging.

We only want to use plastic when we need to and are taking positive steps to reduce the amount of plastic we use. Look out for these logos in store.

OUR NEW ECO-FRIENDLY BAGS

Aldi is to scrap the use of 12.5 million plastic bags annually with the introduction of three new environmentally friendly bag options across our 141 Irish stores.

From January 2020, all loose fruit and veg bags in store will be 100% compostable. We will also be stocking a 100% compostable shopping bag and a reusable and recyclable paper bag for life.

Repak

Aldi Ireland has been a member of Repak since 1999. Repak was founded by Irish industry in 1997 to assist its members in meeting their legal obligations to fund the recovery and recycling of packaging associated with their goods and services. Members are charged based on the type and volume of packaging they produce. This principle encourages the reduction of packaging placed on the market, with all funds collected by Repak going towards the recycling of packaging material.

Aldi Ireland have signed up to Repak’s Plastic Packaging Pledge. To find out more about Repak’s Plastic Packaging Pledge click HERE.