Decision Maker Response

Woolworths’s response

Mar 23, 2018 — Thank you for contacting Woolworths to provide your feedback on plastic packaging.

We are committed to reducing our use of plastic packaging and we are working hard to address products in our range that are over-packaged.

We have trials underway to remove or reduce plastic packaging on 28 fresh produce lines such as tomatoes, lettuce and sweet potatoes. Over the last few months we have removed plastic packaging from organic spring onions, celery, kale and english spinach lines removing 25.2 tonnes of plastic packaging in our stores.

Some packaging​ will continue to be​ ​used to preserve the life of a product throughout the supply chain and to extend the shelf​ ​life of products in store and in the home. This is an important factor in cutting down food waste.

To help support our customers in recycling packaging, all our stores will also be offering flexible plastic recycling by June 30, 2018 via the RedCycle program. This is a closed loop recycling solution where customers can return soft plastic packaging which are recycled by our recycling partners.

We are also the first supermarket retailer to commence and commit to applying the Australasian Recycling Label on our own brand products to help make it easier for customers to understand how to recycle packaging correctly.

We'll continue to work with our suppliers and remain fully committed to actively pursuing packaging alternatives that reduce the amount of plastic we use and improving the recyclability of our packaging.