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Morrisons brings back refillable container scheme

Morrisons has brought back its refillable container initiative at fresh meat and fish counters, to cut single use plastic packaging used in stores.

Under the scheme, the supermarket's butchers, fishmongers and deli staff will ask customers if they have brought their own container, rather than automatically putting products into single use packaging, as reported by Retail Gazette.

Morrisons originally introduced the scheme in 2018, but it has been on hold since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

When the chain announced its return on social media last month, there was a mixed reaction, with some customers concerned it was 'unhygienic'.

But Morrisons said that if every customer who bought products from one its counters used a refillable container, it would save 2,000 tonnes of plastic a year.

The move is part of a strategy to cut single use plastic use across operations. Using lighter weight recyclable trays for the butchers and fishmongers counters will save 900 tonnes of plastic.

The supermarket was the first to replace plastic carrier bags with paper bags.

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