Morrisons brings back refillable container scheme

Morrisons customers can now bring their own container for fresh meat and fish, as the Big 4 grocer seeks to crack down on single-use plastics.

In-store butchers, fishmongers and deli staff will now check if shoppers have their own container, instead of automatically putting the product into plastic packaging.

The grocer initially started the scheme in 2018, but scrapped it last year given the risk of coronavirus transmission.

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Morrisons calculates that if every customer took a refillable container, they would save over 2000 tonnes of plastic every year.

“Reducing plastic in our stores is an important part of our sustainability agenda and it really matters to our customers too,” Morrisons packaging manager Natasha Cook said.

“The service was very popular with our customers when it was first introduced before lockdown, and we’re pleased to see it return.”

Morrisons will sell reusable containers to encourage shoppers to take advantage of the scheme.

The news comes after Greenpeace ranked the grocer second-lowest of all UK supermarkets for its plastic use earlier this year.

The activist group claimed sales of plastic water bottles have increased by 12 per cent since 2018.

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