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Aldi is rolling out cardboard packaging across its entire beef steak range in all 95 Scottish stores.

The new packaging is being introduced on all 12 of the supermarket’s beef steak products from December and will save approximately 80 tonnes of plastic a year in Scotland.

The move follows a successful trial in stores across parts of Wales, as well as the North West and South East of England.

The cardboard packaging is recyclable, once the protective film has been removed, and is sourced from sustainably-managed forests.

Luke Peech, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at Aldi UK, said: “Reducing our plastic footprint is a fundamental area of focus for us as a business, and we’re constantly reviewing the products we offer to see where this is possible.

“It can be challenging to balance tackling food waste with the need to reduce the amount of plastic we use, particularly with fresh meat. A successful trial has shown us that this new packaging enables us to do both.”

Last month, Aldi rolled out flow wrap packaging across its entire Glen Lochy block cheddar range reducing plastic waste by 50% to save an estimated 13 tonnes of plastic a year in Scotland. This follows the supermarket’s pledge to remove two billion single items of plastic by 2025, halving the volume used in that time. The retailer has already removed 6,000 tonnes of plastic since 2019.