Plastics

We've announced a number of measures to reduce plastic pollution. By no later than 2025, all of our own brand plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable.

Why are we taking action?

Plastic has many useful properties across a number of industries. In food retail, it can play an important part in protecting and prolonging the shelf life of a product, helping to significantly reduce food waste.

However, we know our industry needs to urgently change the way it produces, uses and disposes of plastic. By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

We have a responsibility to do the right thing for our customers. It’s important we’re moving towards a circular plastics economy model; reducing, reusing and recycling where possible.

Our ambition is to be a leading corporate in the fight to keep plastic in the economy and out of the environment, to be an example of what good looks like to other corporates and to help more and more customers live their lives with less reliance on plastic.

Our targets

By 2025, Morrisons branded plastic packaging will be:

  • Reduced by 25%
  • 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable
  • An average of 30% recycled content.

We will also eliminate unnecessary and problematic single-use plastic packaging items. 

UK Plastics Pact members

Morrisons was a founder member of the UK Plastics Pact, a collaborative commitment which joins up all stakeholders in the plastics system – businesses, Government, local authorities, environmental organisations, and the wider public to ensure that all plastic packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

Snapshot: 2018/19 performance highlights