Green Retail World tests soft plastic recycling at M&S

VIDEO: M&S’s in-store soft plastic recycling collections

Green Retail World’s latest retail destination visit to check out greener retailing practices ‘in the field’, involved a trip to Marks & Spencer (M&S).

M&S has been collecting soft plastics from customers in its stores since 2019, and it is one of several food retailers offering collection bins for this ‘difficult-to-recycle’ plastic.

From crisp packets and sweet wrappers, to food tray film and carrier bags, M&S accepts a multitude of plastic that is not typically collected at curbside by local authorities. The material is taken to the retailer’s recycling facilities, and M&S says it is sorted, broken down, and then used to make other goods such as in-store fittings and furniture.

Check out this short video to hear editor Ben Sillitoe’s thoughts on the experience, and to see what the collection process entails.

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