Aldi is the first UK supermarket to stop selling disposable barbecues, in a eco-focused move designed to reduce the discount supermarket’s impact on the environment.
The ban, which has been implemented across all stores, is part of a bid to protect the nation’s forests and wildlife and will also lead to the removal of approximately 35 tonnes of single-use waste packaging.
Disposable barbeques have come under fire from environmental groups for both sustainability and safety reasons. Conservative MP Janet Finch-Saunders launched a campaign against them last year, calling the single-use products a “truly modern menace” and asking retailers to stop selling them.
Aldi first stopped selling disposable barbecues at its Buxton store, located close to the Peak District National Park, in June 2021.
Introducing the ban across all stores is Aldi’s latest move towards reducing its impact on the environment.
We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and know that many of our shoppers are increasingly looking to do the same,” said Aldi UK’s corporate responsibility director, Liz Fox.
“We hope customers can embrace our latest move and still want them to enjoy their summer picnics and barbecues. As an alternative, we would encourage customers to opt for more environmentally friendly and sustainable options such as mini portable barbecues, ensuring they are used responsibly.”
The supermarket has been carbon neutral since January 2019 and is also on track for all its own-label product packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by the end of 2022.