Tesco scrap plastic on beer and cider can multipacks


Tesco has announced it will scrap plastic rings from its beer and cider multipacks in all stores.

The supermarket chain will only sell packs that come in cardboard sleeves, boxes or rigid plastic that can be recycled.

It will stop ordering beer and cider from brands that use plastic rings or shrink wrap to hold cans together, a move that will mean 50million fewer pieces of plastic are produced each year, according to Tesco.

Sarah Bradbury, Tesco’s quality director, said: “We are working hand in hand with some of the world’s biggest brands to tackle the problem of unnecessary plastic. 

“Our mission is to remove, reduce, reuse and recycle so we use as little material as possible and ensure that all the packaging in our stores can be easily recycled.”

Brands across the UK have started to make the switch away from plastic packaging for canned multipacks in recent weeks and months.

Last year, Heineken started rolling out cardboard on cans of beer instead of plastic rings.

Molson Coors, who produce Carling and Coors, announced last month it would be replacing plastic rings with a fully recyclable cardboard sleeve.

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