In an article published on August 15, 2018, by news provider Global Meat, editor Aidan Fortune reported that Australian retailer Coles will introduce recyclable packaging for fresh meat and poultry products. Coles will use trays made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) with a thin barrier layer made from plant starch, Fortune informed. The meat trays are supplied by Australian manufacturer Plantic Technologies. “During the recycling process, the thin Plantic plant starch layer uniquely washes away, allowing the PET tray to be recycled,” Fortune explained.

In June 2018, Coles announced the goal to make all of its own-brand packaging recyclable by 2020.

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Aidan Fortune (August 15, 2015). “Retailer moves to recyclable meat packaging.Global Meat