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We know that the issues of waste, packaging and recyclability are a big concern for our members and customers. Last year Co-op Members voted to make 100% of our packaging easy to recycle. We’re 69% of the way there already and want to increase this to 80% by 2020.
Now we’re looking to go further, with members’ help. We want our members’ ideas on practical things we can trial to reduce waste and improve recycling.
What Co-op Members are saying about waste
Thousands of Co-op Members have already joined in help identify the main waste and packaging issues.
Here’s what they’re saying:
- Members are clearly concerned about waste with 76% believing the issue to be ‘absolutely critical’ for society today
- Nearly 1/3 (29%) say they buy things with less packaging to reduce waste
81% say “if it’s recyclable, it gets recycled,” while a further 16% say “I recycle most things”
- 67% have encouraged others to recycle more and 49% encouraged others to produce less food packaging waste
- 49% think that the responsibility for reducing waste lies mostly with retailers
- 24% are aware of work Co-op has been doing to improve packaging
It’s not too late to Join In #TheCoopWay
We’ve heard clearly from members about the waste and packaging issues that they find particularly frustrating. Perhaps unsurprisingly, plastic packaging, over-packaging and recycling are high on everyone’s agenda.
Now, we’re looking for suggestions about how our Co-op could take on waste and help our members and their communities to best manage theirs too.
If you’re not yet a Co-op Member, become a member today.
I look forward to hearing your ideas.
Head of Food Policy
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