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recycling trial will cut packaging

A recycling trial has been launched by supermarket chain Tesco, which urges shoppers to leave what they consider to be excess packaging at the till.

Tesco is thought to want to reduce the amount of packaging which accompanies food and drink products but will be guided by the results of its six-week trial.

The supermarket, which is the largest in the UK, is currently running 3,500 recycling initiatives and has used these trials to divert 87 per cent of its waste from landfill sites.

Guildford in Surrey and Ilminster in Somerset are to be the locations for the six-week trials.

Speaking to, a spokesperson for the company stated that the results should give a clear indication of what packaging should stay and which should go.

"We constantly consult with our suppliers in this regard, and, following our discussions, one manufacturer, simply by changing a few components on its packaging line, was able to significantly reduce the amount of material used for its dog food packaging," the Tesco representative said.

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