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Two-thirds of the plastic in supermarkets is not recyclable

Two-thirds of the plastic in supermarkets is not recyclable

Two-thirds of plastic packaging from supermarkets is not recyclable. This is evident from a study by Natuur & Milieu, reports devotion.

The jumbo store, and the organic store EkoPlaza in particular, performed poorly in the test. Lidl and Albert Heijn scored the highest in packaging recycling. Brand A also didn’t do well. According to the researchers, this is because they not only produce for the Netherlands, and therefore they also have to take into account the recycling and sorting systems from other countries.


The study focused on seven supermarkets, all of which are members of the Plastics Pact. This is an initiative that should lead to properly using recyclable plastic packaging by 2025.

The researchers bought 57 products from the six largest EkoPlaza supermarket and organic store chains, ranging from honey tubes and mushroom cups to fresh orange juice. Nearly two-thirds of the packaging, 65 percent, was limited edition (52 percent) or non-recyclable (13 percent).

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Often it turned out that different types of plastic were mixed in the package. This type of packaging is often recycled: It is then used, for example, as a filler in a plastic garden bench. But since the Netherlands has regular surpluses of this low-quality material, this type of packaging often ends up in a crematorium.

Tomorrow the House will discuss the circular economy, which also includes plastic packaging agreements. In Trouw, research leader Gilmer Vierstra advocated stricter legislation. He believes politicians should also distinguish between recyclable and limited materials in the legislation. Currently, “everything that has not been incinerated” is viewed as recycling, including recycled waste.

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