Shoprite to produce 100 percent recyclable plastic bags

The Shoprite Group announced it is now using plastic returned to its distribution centres to produce 100 percent recycled and recyclable plastic shopping bags.


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Plastic Recycling
 
January 20 2020
 
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The group that operates in 15 countries across Africa said it uses the 4 000 tons of plastic returned annually to its distribution centres to produce these recyclable plastic bags.

This initiative aims to be in line with the group’s commitment to ensure that 100 percent of its plastic packaging is reusable and/ or recyclable by 2025, as per a report in Infrastructure News. Since the beginning of November 2019, plastic from the retail group’s Centurion, Canelands and Cilmor distribution centres are being collected, converted into pellets and used to manufacture the plastic carrier bags for its supermarkets.

“This is the latest among the growing number of circular economy practices we are putting in place,” the group sustainability manager Sanjeev Raghubir was quoted as saying. The group also plans for 100 percent of its plastic packaging to be reusable and/ or recyclable by 2025, with an average of 30 percent recycled content to be used in all plastic packaging. Suppliers are also being provided with reusable, returnable packing crates to minimise packaging.