Aldi to trial soft plastic recycling points in stores across Greater Manchester

Aldi is trialling a wave of special recycling points across some of its Greater Manchester stores.

The move means customers will now be able to recycle hard to dispose of ‘soft plastics’, which many councils currently cannot deal with in an environmentally friendly way.

Soft plastics include items like crisp packets, salad bags, bread bags, and carrier bags, and the supermarket says that shoppers will be able to deposit their waste regardless of where they bought it from.

Seven Greater Manchester stores will host the collection points at their entrances — with Aldi bosses promising to roll-out the scheme at all of its 900-plus UK shops.

“Our latest trial is another step in the right direction, as we work towards being able to offer shoppers an option to bring back to our stores problem plastic that might not be recycled by their local councils,” Richard Gorman, Aldi’s plastics and packaging director, said.

He added: “We know our customers are environmentally-conscious, and as a responsible retailer, we are always striving to reduce plastic waste wherever possible.

“We will be monitoring the trial closely, and we hope that customers utilise our collection bins so that we can look at expanding this into more stores.”


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Once the waste has been collected by the supermarket, it will then work with its recycling partner to establish the best routes for the plastics to be processed.

Aldi says it is committed to making all of its own-label packaging being reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2022.

The trial is active from today and will run for 16 weeks in total.

Participating stores in Greater Manchester include:

  • Whitefield

  • Heaton Chapel

  • Rochdale – Entwisle Road

  • Didsbury

  • White City

  • Oldham – Gateway Retail Park

  • Stretford

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