It hopes to reduce its overall usage of packaging by 5% year-on-year while also increasing the percentage of recyclable packaging by 5%.
These targets are part of Moy Park’s ‘Remove, Reduce, Recycle and Research’ strategy.
The company will collaborate with academics and supply chain partners to develop sustainable packaging across its product portfolio and will also remove avoidable single-use plastic from its office and restaurants by 2020.
The business will move to 100% widely recyclable rigid packaging by 2022, with all other packaging to be widely recyclable by 2025.
Matt Harris, Moy Park head of packaging, said: “We have purposely set ambitious, industry leading targets in order to deliver real results that can be felt by our customers and ultimately consumers. To achieve these targets, we’ll be reducing our reliance on plastics, focusing on innovative new packaging, R&D and delivering accurate, clear recycling messages.
“We are committed to developing our business sustainability and we are excited to launch this latest campaign as part of our wider environmental commitments.”
The announcement was welcomed by the On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme. Jane Bevis, chair of OPRL said: “Reducing materials use and shifting design to deliver more recyclable packaging are essential in reducing our sector’s environmental impact. We’re thrilled that Moy Park are taking a lead in this, and in engaging consumers in recycling.”
In September 2018, Moy Park was one of 89 businesses and organisations that committed to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, developed by IGD and WRAP.