Firm which employs 1,200 in Scunthorpe joins war on plastic with new recyclable packaging targets

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 13 Apr 2018

A company which employs 1,200 workers in Scunthorpe has joined the war on plastic as it aims to boost the amount of recyclable packaging it uses.

The 2 Sisters chicken processing business, which has a factory on the Foxhills Industrial Estate, has told employees that non-recyclable cups and bottles are to be phased out by the end of 2018.

At the same, the company is planning to massively reduce the plastic used in its packaging over a two-year programme.

Bosses have vowed 90 per cent of the packaging will be by 2020 be recyclable.

The company has said the target will be achieved by installing recycling points, innovative collaboration with retailers and suppliers to develop closed loop solutions to increase packaging recycling and constantly reviewing targets in line with developing technology to move further up the waste hierarchy.

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Ranjit Singh, president of 2 Sisters' parent company Boparan Holdings Limited, said: "Plastic packaging has played a critical role in reducing food waste and extending shelf life of products, but the environmental impact of this material must be addressed by the whole food system.

"We need a culture change to make the biggest difference – both in the way we use plastics for our products and how we use plastics in our everyday lives. So we're totally committed to putting in place some stretching targets I know my teams in the business are eager to achieve in the next 20 months.

Ranjit Singh, president of 2 Sisters' parent company Boparan Holdings Limited (Image: PA Wire)

"We already operate responsibly and through our company’s sustainability plan, called Feeding Our Future, but we are keen to take things further than ever before.

"We have collaborated with our suppliers, partners and customers on reducing and improving recyclability of plastic packaging for several years, and now we will do so again to achieve a real step-change by 2020.

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"This is a complex issue that requires the involvement, collaboration and innovation of all parties involved in the production, distribution, retail and consumption of food, and we want to act as the lead partner in this.

"As part of the 2018 review of our sustainability plan we will follow the waste hierarchy of Prevent, Re-use and Recycle."

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