Morrisons will start letting customers use their own plastic food containers

Morrisons is going to let customers use their own containers to try and reduce plastic waste. Now, anyone buying meat or fish from the counters can take it home in their own packaging. The move comes after Morrisons discontinued black plastic trays for fresh meat and fish — their plan is to phase them out by the end of 2019. Customers can use their own packaging The supermarket announced that anyone buying meat or fish from their Market Street Butcher and Fishmonger counters could take their purchases home in their own packaging. On top of this, Morrisons has also committed to making its own-brand packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. In a company statement Morrisons said they were trialling removing plastic packaging from fruit and vegetables at selected stories. Plastic reduction initiatives already in place include the ditching of plastic straws, introducing paper-stemmed cotton buds, and no longer selling 5p single-use carrier bags. It also plans to fit water fountains in its new stores, having already made water freely available in its cafés for customers who want to refill their water bottles. What about the other supermarkets? Competitors Tesco made national news in January after refusing to let a customer use reusable tubs at the deli counter in one of their Edinburgh stores. Speaking at the time, a spokesperson for Tesco told the Edinburgh Evening News: “We need to balance our responsibility to sell food in a safe and hygienic way with the feedback we receive from our customers. As part of our ongoing work to reduce the amount of packaging we use, we are actively looking to provide customers with an alternative helpful way of taking food home from our counters.”

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