Clear caps for green milk

milk cartons

ALDI has removed coloured milk caps across its milk bottles in a bid to improve the recyclability of its products.

The discounter is ditching the green bottle tops on its British Semi Skimmed Standard Milk in favour of clear caps, which are easier to recycle.

The trial launched last month in partnership with Müller and is currently running across the discounter’s stores in Cheshire, Manchester and Liverpool.

Aldi said if the trial is successful then it will roll out the new caps across all of its Müller supplied stores and could potentially see an additional 60 tonnes of plastic recycled back into food-grade packaging every year, with the new caps repurposed to create new milk bottles.

Pulling coloured caps from milk bottles is part of a larger push from Aldi to improve recyclability across its packaging. Aldi has set the goal of having 50% of its plastic packaging made from recycled materials by 2025.

Richard Gorman, plastics and packaging director at Aldi, said: “We know it’s becoming increasingly important to our customers that their everyday products are environmentally friendly, and we are constantly reviewing ways to become a more sustainable supermarket.

“By trialling clear milk caps we are making our milk bottles easier to recycle, so they can be turned back into new packaging.”