We want easy to recycle packaging on 80% of our products by 2020.

Members backed a motion at the 2017 AGM to make 80% of the Co-op’s packaging easy to recycle by 2020. Our long-term ambition is that 100% of our packaging will be recyclable. We’re making a bold start by setting a target that, by 2020, 80% of our products will have packaging that’s easy to recycle.

What we're doing

We're championing environmental causes. We’ve done this by:

  • replacing our expanded polystyrene pizza discs with cardboard, saving 200 tonnes of plastic from landfill and making 400 tonnes of cardboard available for recycling

  • simplifying our plastic trays using groundbreaking, innovative design for meat, poultry and fish products, making them easier and more viable to recycle by making them from just one plastic each

  • changing the colour of milk bottle tops to make them easier to recycle, helping to create an extra 4,500 tonnes of recyclable packaging per year

  • developing packaging with clear and consistent labelling so people know what can be recycled

  • challenging other retailers and brands to develop product packaging with clear and consistent labelling to reduce consumer confusion

  • working with our members to understand what they find confusing or difficult about recycling

Why we're doing this

Our members and customers told us that recycling packaging is important to them, that’s why we’re taking an industry-leading stance on recycling.

Our research shows:

  • two-thirds of the plastic packaging used for consumer goods in the UK is being sent to landfill or incineration

  • only half a million tonnes of reusable plastic packaging is being recycled as intended each year

  • despite great advances in plastic recycling, the rate of growth is slowing down

  • for every recycling bin that the public fills, the equivalent of another two will go to landfill or incineration

We're championing environmental causes, doing what we believe is right for consumers and protecting our dwindling resources.

What you can do

Read the Tipping point report

Visit the OPRL website

Share your thoughts on what were are doing through #Coopway