2 Sisters pledges to use less plastic and recycle more

2 Sisters pledges to use less plastic and recycle more

2 Sister Food Group has announced a wide-ranging initiative to lead the food processing sector in using less and recycling more plastic at its businesses.

The Group is committing to massive reductions in plastic packaging by 2020 and is pledging to phase out its use of un-recyclable bottles and cups at all of its 36 sites in the UK by the end of 2018.

Working with customers, the Group will ensure 90% of the plastic components and packaging it uses will be recyclable by 2020.

Plus, all 23,000 colleagues will have access to re-useable or recyclable cups or mugs, and all un-recyclable cups and bottles will be phased out by the end of 2018. Recycling points will be installed at all sites.

Ranjit Singh, president of Boparan Holdings Limited, said: “Plastic packaging has played a critical role in reducing food waste and extending shelf life of products, but the environmental impact of this material must be addressed by the whole food system.

Ranjit Singh Boparan.

Ranjit Singh Boparan.

“We need a culture change to make the biggest difference – both in the way we use plastics for our products and how we use plastics in our everyday lives. So we’re totally committed to putting in place some stretching targets I know my teams in the business are eager to achieve in the next 20 months.

“We already operate responsibly and through our company’s sustainability plan, called Feeding Our Future, but we are keen to take things further than ever before. We have collaborated with our suppliers, partners and customers on reducing and improving recyclability of plastic packaging for several years, and now we will do so again to achieve a real step-change by 2020.”

Singh concluded: “This is a complex issue that requires the involvement, collaboration and innovation of all parties involved in the production, distribution, retail and consumption of food, and we want to act as the lead partner in this.”

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