MOY PARK has said it has hit a ‘major milestone’ in its efforts to reduce the amount of plastic packaging it uses.

It has reduced plastic packaging by 10% in the past year as part of its ‘Remove, Reduce, Recycle and Research’ strategy.

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The company reduced its overall usage of all packaging material by a further 5% in 2020.

Moy Park aims to move to 100% recyclable rigid packaging by 2022, with all other packaging to be “recycle ready” by 2025.

Head of packaging at the firm, Matt Harris, explained: “When launching the strategy in 2019, we purposely set targets that would deliver tangible results for our customers, and ultimately consumers.

Reducing reliance

“The campaign has inspired our teams right across the business, with cross-functional initiatives delivering innovative solutions that reduce our reliance on plastics.

“R&D has also been key to this, and we work closely with academics and supply chain partners to investigate how to elevate our product packaging.”

“While plastic material can play an essential role in food safety and food quality by extending shelf life and minimising food waste, we will continue to build on these successes, journeying with our suppliers and customers to increase the recyclability of the materials we use and decrease the amount of packaging.

“Caring for the environment is embedded in our ethos at Moy Park and the ‘4 Rs’ strategy feeds into our wider sustainability commitments.”