Black plastic packaging is not recyclable in the UK, as it cannot be detected by the sorting systems used for plastic recycling, and the supermarket chain says its move will save an estimated 50 tonnes of black plastic waste a year.
Lidl UK says it will remove black plastic from its entire fruit and vegetable range by the end of the month.
Louise Edge, senior oceans campaigner for Greenpeace UK, was less qualified in her praise. She said Lidl’s action was a clear signal to the government and major retailers that speedy action was possible.
“Supermarkets are the place where a lot of the throwaway plastic filling up our homes comes from, so it’s good to see more of them are responding to the public’s concern by taking action,” she said. “Black plastic is one of the most problematic forms of plastic you can find on supermarket shelves, and Lidl are doing the right thing by phasing it out as quickly as possible.”