A little plastic packaging update

Our packaging technologist, Robyn, has written a little update on some recent changes that you might have spotted in your box. Read Robyn’s previous blog post to find out more about her role at Riverford.

You may have seen a few changes to our packaging over the last few weeks. I thought I’d write a quick blog to let you know what we’ve changed, and why.

Ditching some plastic
Cucumbers, cauliflowers and romanescos bought separately (not as part of a veg box) are all now free from their plastic bags. We did some tests and found that, by and large, these items are well-enough protected by the cardboard veg boxes. They might be more at risk of the odd bump and bruise during handling, so we’ve put measures in place to make sure they are handled extra carefully.

We’re glad to have identified some unnecessary plastic – it’s another step on our journey towards reducing all our packaging. Over the course of the year, we expect to save a significant amount of plastic by not putting it on these popular veg. However, please be aware that at certain times of year cucumbers can be more prone to dehydration; in those cases, you may see the plastic bags return for a short time, to prevent spoilage and food waste.

No one likes a limp lettuce
I often get asked about salad and leafy greens – why are they packed in plastic rather than paper bags? Salad and leafy greens are examples of vegetables that dehydrate. If we were to use paper bags, the paper would very quickly draw moisture from the leaves, reducing its shelf life and quality, and ultimately leaving it inedible! By packing in plastic, we can prevent water loss – and thereby food waste.

Swiss chard bag test. These gorgeous greens will remain in bags due to the severe dehydration when tested without.

Why don’t we use biodegradable plastic?
We are currently looking at moving to biodegradable plastic bags – but with caution. There are some downsides to biodegradable plastics; before we use them, we need to make sure they are the right solution.

Here are the current main issues with biodegradable plastics:

1) Some don’t break down in home composting.
2) If land is being used to grow the crops used to make plastic (e.g. corn, often GM), then it isn’t being used to grow food.
3) Most biodegradable plastics don’t break down if they end up in the ocean. This creates the same problems as traditional plastic.
4) If biodegradable bags are mistakenly put into plastic recycling, then they can degrade the quality of the recycled plastic.

Not sure what to do with the plastic packaging you’ve received from us? Pop it in your box for your local veg team to take back, and we will recycle it at the farm.

81 responses to “A little plastic packaging update

  1. Lesley Theobald

    I re-use any plastic bags that come with my veg until they are so past it that I bin them. When my box arrives I immediately put most loose veg in these bags to also prevent de-hydration as I store them in the frig or a cool place. I never put unwrapped veg in the frig – not only leaves but also carrots, beetroot etc as they will all spoil.

    • I do exactly like you Lesley!

    • The trouble with that it’s not just the oceons that are poluted by plastic. Our own bodies are too.
      You will be injesting the plastic molecules because they tranfer to the food. Especially as you use them to death.

    • Me too, and I wash and re-use all plastic bags.

    • Although this applies to some leafy fresh produce like lettuce and spinach, I find it doesn’t apply to most other produce, even carrots and beetroot. In my experience root vegetables will last a long enough time without being wrapped in anything in fridge. Furthermore, kale, asparagus, and other stemmed produce can be kept in a “vase” of water in the fridge without any plastic wrapping. Just chop off the ends as you would from flower stems. There are many ways around plastic use, even if they may be difficult to see now due to our attachment to old ways.

  2. Thanks for this breakdown of your thoughts and actions around plastics.
    I too reuse most of the bags that come with the veg but ultimately we need to stop almost all of the use of plastic film for now obvious reasons.
    Despite being a food, the completely compostable maize might have little different impact from paper production. Fighting the GM/crop-sprayed battle over maize will be another battle in the war to save our planet: bear in mind that corn syrup is ubiquitous and emerging as a diabetogenic issue too. Many food crops have non-food destinations, plus are fed to livestock which is extremely energy inefficient.
    I’ve started using maize nappy sacs (Nati) as dog poo bags because I regard them as a “lesser evil” than the biodegradable plastic bags – please correct me if I am way off in my calculations here Robyn!

  3. I was trained many years ago to wash out and re-use my plastic bags by a friend who worked on an oil tanker, and realised how valuable it was.

    out of interest, how do you re-use your plastic bags on the farm? – what kind of purpose?

    • Hi Catherine, we aren’t able to reuse them, but once we have enough we can recycle them. We encourage customers to do this because a lot of people aren’t able to recycle plastic bags at home.

  4. Good news Robyn , glad you are moving things in the right direction. Swapped a few emails with Riverford distributors for Wimbledon yesterday who said that you may consider identifying veg boxes on the website that are completely plastic free a given week to allow customers to make a plastic free choice. Also providing a small or medium plastic – free box for people who are willing to forego veg such as salads and cucumber that are prone to dehydration looks to be an option even within your current packaging choices. Do keep us posted on this.

  5. garnhams@ymail.com

    Great work! We never had plastic on cucumbers years ago, so why now. How about us returning egg cartons? and glass bottles for reuse.

    • Unfortunately we cannot reuse egg boxes for health and safety reasons. In terms of glass bottles, the Riverford Dairy is very small and space for a washing facility is a big reason that this wouldn’t be possible at current. Other reasons include energy and water usage, increased weight on vans resulting in higher fuel consumption, breakages etc, but it is something we’d like to look into in the future.

  6. Great, we all should avoid unnecessary plastics.
    When it is not possible to avoid, have you considered using recycled plastic alternatives (to reduce carbon footprint)? Thanks.

  7. Sarah Isherwood-Harris

    One of the reasons I signed up to Riverford was to avoid the plastic wrap cucumbers! You could get away not wrapping the celery in a bag as I witnessed from buying some from a farmers market & it kept well just being naked! Couldn’t we send back any vegetable plastic packaging to be reused & recycling it be a best second option.

  8. Caroline Beresford

    When I was a girl we never had this deluge of plastic on our fruit and vegetables.They came in a brown paper bag that was reused until it was no more.How have we come to be so reliant on plastic to begin with? I’d rather have a limper lettuce than a pristine one for the sake of this planet. I think more about the impact of single use or multi use plastics on the earth than those who prefer ridiculously, perfect crisp, immaculate produce.My grandparents never had perfect vegetables coming out of there garden and guess what,we still survived!!!!

    • You could actually soak the limp lettuce in a bowl of water to make it crispy and fresh again. You’d just need to chop an end so water can get in. Same applies to any thin leafy salads/veggies. Chop them up, soak them in a bowl of water (they can get washed too). And done.

  9. Caroline Beresford

    ……… Guy! As a footnote,would you consider a ‘plastic free box’ as some of us ask the supermarkets to consider a ‘plastic free aisle?’ Just food for thought 💭

  10. I actually return absolutely everything back to Riverford in my box. I think under the impression that you would reuse. If it is that you are recycling to recycling centres, then I can do this at home, but if you mean recycling means reuse then I will continue to return to you.

    • Hello Sian, we reuse boxes, cool packs, insulation etc, but everything else we recycle rather than reuse. If you can do this at home, then that is fantastic. We like to offer the option because some people cannot recycle the likes of say plastic wraps and bags.

      • I actually emailed my council about recycling paper bags and cardboard, plastic milk bottles, and metal cans and got a saddening response. In Cardiff they are all placed in a large green plastic bag and is collected by the council for recycling. HOWEVER, I found out recently that the large green plastic bag isn’t recycled. People think they do the right thing by doing their recycling, while unknowingly contributing to plastic pollution at the same time. After this, I refuse to give Cardiff anything for recycling and put all non-edible items I find in my Riverford boxes back. But still there’s got to be a better way. Please reuse small card boxes, or make them of wood, light metal, introduce a deposit etc. Using a resource, no matter what it is, one time, is wasteful because recycling is wasteful as well.

  11. I too store nearly everything in the Riverford plastic bags in the fridge. Veg keep so much longer this way and prevents wastage. I wash the bag if necessary and always reuse. If you stopped supplying ANY plastic bags I would end up buying some.

  12. I would rather receive plastics for the types which have the widest acceptance to recycling facilities than biodegradable plastic in which they degrade in the right condition but still stays as plastic particles. Have you investigated alternatives made of plants or some system in which you provide plastic free given we have reusable bags to re-stock what is necessary to be stored covered at home?

  13. I store much fruit and veg in green coloured specialty bags from a well known nationwide kitchen store that began in the ‘Lake’ District. These I wash and reuse. They really do keep fruit and veg fresher for longer.
    I return all Riverford bags, and insulation packaging, and boxes to you, little pots from the wonderful recipe boxes and plastic milk bottles I recycle via our bin collections.
    Is there a rational to move back to milk cartons? I found them easy to use, I would freeze the cartons, just as a I donwith the plastic ones.

  14. All very interesting and encouraging.
    Is it possible to deliver lemons free of plastic net I was surprised when they arrived netted yesterday?
    Such tasty food thank you

  15. Lettuces,Spinach can be tricky,but French Lettuces notably, arriving in Devon are only partly wrapped in paper/plastic wrap.They’ve travelled quite a distance and are often picked at higher temps.French horticulture a lot better at use of cold water than yourselves however.Buy some £10 hoselock watersprayers for each distributer and train appropriately!

  16. Just a note to add to the ‘when I was young…’ side of the argument. We used to go to our very good local greengrocer several times a week for fresh veg. In those days (the 50s and 60s) the journey from farm to shop was much shorter. A lot of stuff was seasonal, grown fairly locally, and sold to the retailer by the wholesale market (meaning a very early start for the shopkeeper!) The range of products was smaller – things like red peppers were unusual and exotic. We would have to revert to a similar system to ensure that produce with a very short shelf life remained edible long enough to please the consumer!

  17. A limp lettuce will soon become crisp again if put in cold water…. a plastic bag is unnecessary! Vegetables kept in plastic in the fridge creates moisture and the veg will go ‘off’ quicker. If veg is picked and sent straight out there shouldn’t be any problem with freshness. I fear Riverford has now become too large and is pandering to peoples demands for perfection and out of season veg!!!!

  18. I am all for less plastic but if that is the case may I ask why my peass last week came in a plastic bag instead of a paper bag.

  19. A few thoughts as I read this blog about plastic packaging. Its the outer leaves of lettuce and green that get dry, and when dry they protect the rest of the lettuce or greens and can be wrapped carefully to prevent more evaporation. Then discarded composted etc. and the whole lettuce can be restored by re hydrating… wash in lots of fresh water and put in the fridge, or a cool place. the extra leaves from rhubarb make good wrappings too I use them often to keep potato dirt from the rest of the veg while I take it from the garden. Maybe not viable ideas on a large scale….. just thoughts…

    • I like this. Riverford could intentionally leave more outer leaves on produce as “natural packaging”.

  20. I love that idea of plastic free box too……

    • Riverford, if you’ll go ahead with this, please make a less roots box option without potatoes to be fair to your eco-conscious customers, when it comes to a plastic free box.

  21. It’s not just about plastic pollution. The polybens in plastic leech out into the food and drink (and toys,by touch) and attack male hormones.

  22. How about using plastic boxes which last and last and can be easily washed out and reused. When I bring a lettuce into the house I immediately wash it and put it into a plastic box in the fridge. This perks it up, crisps it, rehydrates it, and the leaves stay fresh in the fridge for most of the week. Box rinsed out and used again, and again. Riverford could use boxes which we would return, with a deposit? I already return the cardboard delivery boxes and the egg boxes.

    • I agree, I suggested a deposit as well. Furthermore the boxes (e.g. made of wood) could have compartments/slots of various shapes and sizes within to position food of different shapes and sizes without the need for separate containers. E.g. a long slot for asparagus and cucumbers etc. People would have to use their own containers to store the food, which they have to do anyway at farmers markets.

      Riverford, are you reading this? Are you making notes to send to your team re-evaluating packaging?

  23. I very much appreciate the real efforts you’re putting into cutting plastic. That said, when you do need to use plastic for the reasons mentioned, can you please make sure it is at least recyclable? I received my wild garlic today (yay!) but it came in cellophane, which goes straight to landfill. Why??

    • Hello Jourmana, apologies for the confusion, but the bags are actually recyclable. They were printed wrong, but we didn’t want to waste them. Please recycle, and if you are unable to, send back with your veg box for us to.

  24. I save my lettuces in paper bags in the fridge. Providing the stalk is still on the lettuce (I just pull leaves off to use them), they stay fresh for ages. I’m really happy with the packaging Riverford provides – especially the mushrooms with their loose lid. They don’t ‘sweat’ like shp-bought ones in plastic do.

  25. Many of us have plastic or glass Tupperware type boxes we could keep our veg in. Could you consider a “starter kit” of fridge storage solutions as an option and be clear that when you receive your box you should store appropriately. Keep a humid atmosphere in delivery vans… or remind people if you cut the bottom of certain veg and salad and stick it in water it magically comes back to life.

    • I was just thinking that. With the change I hope Riverford brings in relation to packaging, a small “storing your produce” manual may be handy to people who are not as experienced with plastic free storage options.

  26. I asked Riverford before too, if they are considering to advertise which veg will come packed in plastic so I can make an educated choice when buying vegetables. I’d rather everything came in recyclable paper bags and desk with the odd bump because my veg is stripped off all plastic before I store it in the fridge and I. Ever had any problems with it going off before I use it within a weeks time.Like people here suggested already with salad leave the stem intact and only pull off leaves and the rest stays fresh.I started using Riverford to reduce my plastic to zero and was pretty disappointed with the amount of plastic I keep getting with my deliveries. If plastic reduction doesn’t become a priority next to the organic production I will look for other suppliers in the future.

  27. I notice your mushrooms come in the plastic packaging. Mushrooms do much better when they can breathe, so would it not be better to pack them in the paper bags that much of your veg is delivered in?

    Like some of the other people who have replied on here, I too remember a time when vegetables were not in plastic and they seemed fine to me… lettuce can always be perked up in some cold water.

    I really appreciate the effort Robyn is putting into all this though. Thank you!

    • Hi Sophie, a very good point. Our smaller portions of mushrooms come in punnets made of pulp, but unfortunately our punnet supplier doesn’t make a larger size at current. We’re working hard to source one so they will all come in card.

  28. I’ve read this blog with interest in particular the bit about cauli’s, cucumbers etc bought separately will not be in plastic bags. I have to say my cauliflower and swede were both in plastic bags today

  29. Oh yes I forgot my mushrooms were in plastic packaging too

  30. In France, in supermarkets, lettuce is often displayed without plastic bags, maybe that says something? Personally most times, I would rather not have the lettuce at all in my box if the only option is to have it in plastic.

  31. No plastic packaging anywhere, anytime. Lived perfectly well without it when I was a child. Plastic free boxes a must for me.

    • I agree. I think it should be taken further. Paper and card packaging are also resource-depleting, whether they are recycled or not. I’d therefore say finding alternatives to that as well as I previously suggested: built-in compartments in sturdy boxes.

  32. Does it partly depend on the delivery person? I have been reading comments about mushrooms arriving in plastic… mine are always delivered in the the brown recycled card box with the paper wrap.
    I too would rather not cave corn starch or such if it can’t be recycled safely.

  33. Another tip for storing lettuces, watercress etc. Wash them briefly in cold water, then trim a sliver off the stem and place in a container with just enough cold water at the bottom for the stems to rest in. Cover with a plastic bag or damp cloth and keep in the fridge till needed. It lasts really well and can just be taken out and used it immediately.
    For salad leaves, wash in cold water, spin not too much or leaves get bruised, and store in a sealed rigid plastic container with an openwork tray underneath so any remaining water doesn’t come in contact with the leaves. Open and eat.

  34. Thank you for informing us about biodegradeable plastic bags. I was unaware that these are not always a good option. What a sticky position we have got ourselves and the planet in,no easy answers.

  35. Personally, I would rather not have anything delivered to me in plastic. Would be good to have that choice when ordering produce. I feel the plastic solutions are not happening fast enough.

  36. Well done Robyn and all at Riverford. I look forward to having as little plastic in my veg box as possible.

    • I agree I think Riverford are doing really well with on going problem which needs addressing in time. I return absolutely all your packaging to you and there are some excellent solutions to recycled plastics eg resurfacing the roads.

  37. I agree with Natalie. Please can we have a plastic free option on the delivery, then we can reuse existing plastic bags or other home containers if necessary to preserve freshness. Any slight deterioration in quality would be the price we as individuals are willing to pay in making the ‘plastic-free’ choice

  38. Hi Robyn
    Could you give us some response to the many comments that your piece has generated?
    This is a Pandora’s Box, but clearly was on a lot of our agendas.
    If nothing else I would like to know if things I order will be in plastic as, having just visited the supermarket, I am more aware that I make choices there which factor out single use plastics and choose cardboard cartons and glass above plastic bottles

    • Hi Julie, sorry for the slow response to a lot of these comments. It really is Pandora’s box and the whole topic is a bit of a minefield.
      We are currently putting together a list of all items that come in plastic packaging, which we will be happy to send out to customers, so they can choose to avoid them if they would prefer.
      We hope to have this list ready to send out by the end of next week. Please feel free to drop us an email if you would like it.

      • Hi Robyn , have dropped an email to the general Riverford email address requesting the list of plastic packaged items but no joy as yet . Do we need to email you directly to receive this please?

        • I have also emailed Riverford with a few suggestions and questions but not received anything for a month now. We would like to be kept updated and would love to be involved in the process to change.

          • Hi Riverford, I’ve still not received the list of plastic wrapped items either , I was told that the request had been passed on to Robyn at the end of last month. In the meantime it would be good to know if either the small or medium less roots box is plastic free this week . ( I suspect the chard and flat beans will both be plastic wrapped which will rule out both boxes but it would be good to know as I will not order again this week without knowing )

            Also on the subject of a regularly offered plastic- free box that multiple customers have requested it’s approx. 6 weeks since Riverford began the process of looking into it, so it would be good to get some feedback on progress or ideally notification of what the decision is please.

            Wonderful vegetables you produce but I tried one of your competitors for the first time last week and they were able to provide an ethical offering and made it plastic free on request.

  39. Mrs Ingrid Ehrlich

    I am all for no-plastic in the boxes. I store in the green veg bags from the well-known kitchen shop, and use everything within the week, or nearly..squash last a long time. Tomatoes and mushrooms come in cardboard/paper pulp boxes which recycle in my recycle bin or get used in the garden. Certainly, I find it hard to bite my tongue when my daughters-in-law throw out polythene bags. Mine have been washed and rewashed for years! (As for throwing foil in the general waste bin, I am horrified! )
    And, yes, I would be perfectly happy with otherwise unwrapped veg.

  40. No plastic bags for me. I wash lightly and wrap in a large serviete /small teatowel. Slightly damp, this does for everything from salad stuff to kale and spinach. I love the boxes, sow seeds in compost for the veggie I grow, plant directly out.
    Thanks for the gorgeous food. My juicer is so happy!

  41. Kim-Nora Ann Moses

    Thank you for taking time to address our concerns about plastic packaging.

    The primary reason I started ordering from Riverford, aside from having a selection of fruits and vegetables not available locally, is that I understood I could avoid the plastic packaging. But I still get lots of it with my boxed produce.

    I would feel much happier not receiving any plastic packaging, regardless of the threat of wilted greens.

    It has puzzled me why in England there is so much [plastic] packaging used in food sales, even at farm markets. Where I’m from I can shop at supermarkets, vegetable stands and farm markets without bringing home any packaging of any kind at all.

    It seems that my box(es) could come without the lettuces and other leafy veg covered in plastic. If I could make this special request I would feel most grateful if it could be fulfilled.

  42. I would rather have wilted food than plastic…we have come to expect perfection, which is not sustainable…. also would like my paper bags reused…really don’t mind how scruffy they look… but thank you for all you are doing!!

  43. Hi there Riverford, really glad that you’re finding way to reduce the plastic which has increased in your boxes over the past few years. I love the idea of a plastic free box – it could contain exactly the same produce, just be sent out to people who aren’t alarmed by a few outer limp leaves and who would be prepared to refresh lettuces etc in water when they arrive to rehydrate them. Also you could use large rhubarb and cabbage leaves as wrap alternatives. I would definitely purchase such a box. I’m keen to start getting milk through you again, but only if it comes in a non plastic container. Can I also ask: when we return the plastic bags to you, do you reuse them or do you just recycle them? It would make me much happier if you did indeed reuse them at least a few times.

    • Kim-Nora Ann Moses

      Good luck with that, Pippa and Kirsten! It seems the powers-that-be at Riverford don’t read the blog and they don’t respond to customer requests to leave packaging out of the boxes. It seems a waste of resources to do so much research on packaging when a lot of us don’t want it at all.
      I come from a part of the world where it is actually possible to buy pretty much anything without packaging. But Riverford considers packaging a necessary evil. I tried through emails, phone calls and these blog posts to ask that my produce arrive at my door without the packaging. I mean even my avocados (each one) came in their own bag!
      Riverford REFUSED to give me, a customer who paid a premium for their produce, what I asked for. Just put my goodies in a box with out all the baggage (paper and plastic). It’s an easier, less expensive solution than paying a pair of hands to stuff food into bags. You know, the farm receives produce from their suppliers without packaging!?
      But NO. They wouldn’t do that for me. So I quit them. I come home with less packaging if I just go shopping at a big-box grocery store.
      I am also looking forward to milk coming in glass bottles again. But I can not find that anywhere.

    • Hello Kirsten, really sorry for the delayed response to your comment. You’re not the first to suggest a plastic free box; it’s something for us to consider, we’ll be sure to pass on the request.
      Milk in glass bottles is a tricky one – mainly because the Riverford Dairy is very small and doesn’t have the space for a glass washing facility. It would also need a lot of energy and water to run the facility, in addition to adding weight to vans, meaning an increase in fuel consumption and the chance of breakages. There are a lot of things to consider, but it is something we may well look into again in the future.
      In regards to returned bags, we wait until we have enough of them and can then recycle them.

  44. Dear Riverford , Obviously this is an issue that people people feel strongly about , I guess you would expect this given that the demographic that cares about what chemicals are used during the production of their food would also care about how it is packaged and what happens to the packaging afterwards. However it is 2 weeks since this was posted and as Julie above mentions it would be good to get some feedback on the many comments posted here. Appreciate that the current ownership re-structuring and delays to planting may be taking most of your attention but some kind of response is needed. So it looks as if some of the packaging issues will take some time to find a good solution but there are some things you can put in place now. One is around choice for the customer, and making the packaging type of each product visible on the website in the same as country of origin is. This would allow customers to make a plastic free choice . As mentioned before surely when you have small , medium and large sizes of veg box you can change the distribution of items between boxes so that one of the sizes is completely plastic free? Mushrooms , cucumbers , celery , peas don’t need to be in plastic. Also can you outline why egg boxes can’t be re-used.

    • Hello Chris, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Not a good enough excuse really, but a mixture of staff holidays and other general busyness has distracted us from the blog – we are working on getting more resource so we can be more attentive on here; we appreciate the nudge.

      A few people have suggested plastic free boxes; it is definitely something we need to explore to see if it might be possible. In regards to egg boxes, this is due to health and safety guidelines.

      • Thanks for getting back to me. How long would you say it would take to investigate the possibility of a plastic free box and get back to us? As you say a few people have requested this recently and have been told you will look into it, so it would be good to get some idea of timescales. Also I made a suggestion that you display on the website the packaging used for each product ; any thoughts on this one please? Seems a bit time consuming for each person to email in and ask you individually for your list of plastic wrapped items.

        One other thing I ordered broad beans yesterday on top of my normal box , and ended up with 2 lots as broad beans had been substituted for peas in the main box. No big deal but the normal ones came loose in the box and the extra requested ones came packaged ( paper) . So obviously Riverford use a lot of packaging not because it’s necessary to protect the produce in transit but to help you pack it on the farm ; control portion size etc. So are you going to look at ways to change your packing process to eliminate this kind of unnecessary packaging?

        On a more positive note , the broad beans taste fantastic!

  45. With regard to your plastic bags – please could you indicate on the bag whether they are recyclable – ie no 2 or no 4 plastic?
    Then those customers who are able to recycle them will be alerted to that fact…

    Thanks!

    • I feel being green with packaging should encompass one of the three R’s
      Recycle, Reuse or Reduce, and for food hygiene reasons you can’t always reuse, and to avoid food waste some foods need packaging, eggs and fresh raspberries as two examples! For me I’m two and half weeks into not using cling film ( reducing) . I’m storing left over foods in plastic (reusable) boxes, and have bought a greater range of sizes. Home made pastry when left to relax in the fridge is wrapped in butter paper ( reusing) and using more aluminium foil, which is recycled.

  46. Sue A – Go girl! I for one am trying the same

  47. If plastic can be and is recycled it’s much less of a problem, where as single use plastic, such as clingfilm can’t be. This is why l’ve chosen to be cling film free but have no beef about the Riverford packaging. Looking in my loung our tv and various boxes, radios, phone are all made of plastic. Many of the techy stuff will be using rare earth minerals to enable them to function. It’s virtually impossible to opt out of life in the 21st century in the UK.

  48. We are talking about plastic and yesterday, when preparing the black plastic tray for recycling where Riverford´s organic hamburger where packed, I discovered there is a film plastic cover over the plastic tray on the inside. How can this be explained? First, black plastic is difficult to recycle but to have black plastic covered in plastic film !!! Why is it not possible to have white or clear plastic which most Councils are able to recycle or even better a compostable or biodegradable option?

    • I was under the impression that black plastic food trays can’t be recycled, certainly in Torbay, and in Kerrier (Falmouth/ Penryn area of Cornwall).
      Nit a Riverford issue but polystyrene packaging is often marked with the recycling symbol, ( not of food packaging) but I’ve no idea we’re id take it to for recycling!

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