South West Bedfordshire MP, Andrew Selous, visited Tesco’s in Leighton Buzzard to discuss their new green initiatives to increase electric charging points and reducing plastic use and packaging.
In Tesco’s mission to reduce plastic from their stores they have removed 1 billion pieces over 2020/21, since 2018 they have disposed of 11,000 tonnes of the hardest to recycle materials from their packaging. The Leighton Buzzard store is one of 171 stores to benefit from a soft plastics recycling point, these hard-to-recycle materials are often not routinely collected by local authorities.
Six electric vehicle charging points can be found at the Leighton Buzzard store as part of Tesco’s larger commitment to install 2,400 charging points. Since being installed in April the Leighton Buzzard store’s charging points have been used over 900 times and saved 4,200kg of CO2.
Andrew Selous MP said,
‘It is important for the necessary infrastructure to be in place to enable the transfer from petrol and diesel vehicles to electric ones and I am glad to see Tesco’s playing their part in allowing this to happen.
With 320 million metric tonnes of new plastic mass-produced each year I am thrilled that Tesco’s is looking in house to see what they can do to stem the flow of single use plastic and I hope others will follow suit.’