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Cathedral city launches uk’s first cheese packaging recycling program

Cathedral city launches uk’s first cheese packaging recycling program

At Saputo, we are committed to safeguarding the environment while continuing to grow as a world-class dairy processor. Earlier this year, we pledged to accelerate our global climate, water, and waste performance by establishing clear targets.  One of the targets for 2025 is to ensure that 100% of our packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable. 

As part of our efforts, our Dairy Division (UK), in partnership with the recycling agency TerraCycle®, recently launched a recycling program for any flexible cheese film packaging from any brand. Cheese film packaging is notoriously difficult to recycle because it is comprised of several different layers. However, these layers ensure that the cheese doesn’t become contaminated before opened, remains true to its best before date and stays fresher longer, thereby reducing food waste. 

The program aims to encourage people to drop off their film cheese packaging at one of the numerous public access drop-off points across the UK. Once collected, the packaging is separated by polymer type and cleaned. The material is then extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products such as picnic benches, plant pots or watering cans.

At Saputo, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact. This partnership offers our UK customers a simple and free recycling solution, while our innovation team continues to work towards a packaging solution that is 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable. 

After all, the UK’s favourite cheese should never go to waste, and neither should its packaging.

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