Monday, 20 September 2010

Sainsbury's Taken To Court for Excessive Packaging

Lincolnshire county council have now dropped this case against Sainsbury's.


Following my last blog regarding the WEEE Directive and packaging regulations, Sainsbury’s are being taken to court for the excessive packaging of a beef joint.

The joint is wrapped in plastic, and then packaged inside a 20cm by 15 cm plastic tray, with a cardboard sleeve wrapped around the tray.

Sainsbury’s are expected in Lincolnshire court on October 13th, with the case being the first time a major supermarket has been prosecuted for failing to stay within acceptable levels of packaging.

This news came on the same day that Sainsbury’s announced they were ditching boxes for their own brand, basic cereals, and instead using “environmentally friendly bags.” The chain believes using bags rather than boxes for these cereals means 165 tonnes of packaging will be kept off Sainsbury's shelves every year.

Kellogg’s, however, disagree with Sainsbury’s and made it clear that they would not be doing the same. A spokesperson for Kellogg’s commented, "We have no plans in the short term to change our packaging… A box and a thin bag are fully recyclable – bags only use more plastic and is much thicker and harder to recycle. You also need a lot more packaging in transit to limit damage."

So while Sainsbury’s are looking to make changes in how they are going to package in future, they may want to look at what’s already on their shelves. This is just another example that businesses really do need to be careful in how and what they recycle, and also what waste they are producing.

For more information about the Packaging Regulations visit Netregs.


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  1. Well thats a crazy law suit right there. I understand that its pretty wasteful but dang.

  2. I'm sure kelloggs are talking nonsense - i would be really interested where they think people can recycle their bags, but not the bags produced by Sainsbury's. In truth probably neither can easily be recycled