UK landfill is 45,859,000 tonnes a year

Aldi has stopped selling them, which will save approximately 35 tonnes of single-use waste packaging a year. Liz Fox, corporate responsibility director at Aldi UK, said: “We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and know that many of our shoppers are increasingly looking to do the same.

“We hope customers can embrace our latest move and still want them to enjoy their summer picnics and barbecues. As an alternative, we would encourage customers to opt for more environmentally friendly and sustainable options such as mini portable barbecues, ensuring they are used responsibly.”

All Waitrose stores will stop selling the disposable grills before summer. They estimate this will save about 70,000 disposable barbecues from being sold a year, saving 73.5 tonnes of foil and 11.2 tonnes of shrink-wrap plastic being produced a year.

Whoop, whoop.

18 thoughts on “UK landfill is 45,859,000 tonnes a year”

  1. I’m perfectly happy to see the things gone, but not for that reason.

    Fire hazard, yes.
    Not fit for purpose, yes.
    Encouraging mouth-breathers who should not even be near fire, or food.. yes.

    “Environmental” issues? So far down the list it isn’t even worth mentioning.

  2. “They estimate this will save about 70,000 disposable barbecues from being sold a year, saving 73.5 tonnes of foil and 11.2 tonnes of shrink-wrap plastic being produced a year.”
    Obviously never heard of substitution.
    “When you’re buying the sausages in Aldi don’t forget to get a disposable barbecue to cook them on”
    “Äldi have stopped selling them”
    “Oh. Go to Lidl then”

  3. 70,000 disposable BBQs contain 73.5 tonnes of foil and 11.2 tonnes of shrink-wrap? That’s 1kg of foil and 160 grammes of shrink-wrap per BBQ – erm, really?

  4. @AGN

    As usual the ecoloons overstate their case and think the population is innumerate and buys their scare stories

  5. and think the population is innumerate

    After 40 years of comprehensive state education factories, they’re probably correct

  6. What Grikath says. At a beach gathering, the guy who brings a disposable bbq is hated more than the guy who brings bongo drums.

  7. If the ecoloons stop us having gas central heating, then those of us with fireplaces and chimneys will be burning our waste in an effort to keep warm in the winter, and we’ll see all the combustible stuff made from oil as a bonus.

  8. Bloke in North Dorset

    I’m perfectly happy to see the things gone, but not for that reason.

    Fire hazard, yes.

    That’s the argument our council have been making but they haven’t shown any correlating evidence with heathland fires, if anything I’d say there’s fewer than when we lived in these parts in the ’80s well before they came on the market.

    Then the claim was that it was people throwing lit cigarettes out of their cars that caused the fires, and that does appear to correlate with my one man observations.

  9. It’s with suitable humility that a mere arts graduate in august STEM society wonders whether it wouldn’t make more sense to measure landfill by volume than by weight.

  10. Now we’ve (allegedly) left the EU, why would we worry about weight or volume in landfill? It’s filling a hole in the ground. In other times one might imagine the hand-wringers getting upset at all the holes and demanding they be filled. There’s 4,000 in Blackburn Lancashire.

  11. The link shows that the Waitrose link guy/gal got the waste level wrong by a factor of 10x …
    My beef is with the mis-use of the word “disposable” – they’re “throwaway” not disposable.
    “Every little helps” and repentant sinners should be welcomed

  12. “Aldi has stopped selling them, which will save approximately 35 tonnes of single-use waste packaging a year. Liz Fox, corporate responsibility director at Aldi UK, said: “We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and know that many of our shoppers are increasingly looking to do the same.”

    If everyone does this then mark my words: people will just go to Argos or B&Q, buy a cheap ass BBQ, coals and lighters, take them to a beach, use them and leave them. No-one wants to be spending their day out waiting for a BBQ to cool down, before dismantling and cleaning it to take it home and store it in the garage where it will rust before the next time you use it.

  13. I remember seeing a hired narrowboat after the hirers,all young men,had cooked their breakfast bacon and sausages on the roof using a disposable barbecue. There was a perfect rectangle burned right down to bare metal when they had finished. I still wonder how they explained that to the hire company.

  14. As the M4 Bloke said, remove one option and we hoi polloi will go for the others. I believe that this is called substitution.

    Now when are they going to ban the Lada?

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