A new recycling scheme aimed at reducing the amount of discarded plastic is being pioneered at three supermarkets.

Tesco’s Metro and Extra stores in Cirencester and its superstore in Tetbury are all taking part in a trial with the recycling specialist, Recycling Technologies, to collect the hardest to recycle plastics such as crisp packets and turn them into an oil.

The oil, Plaxx, will then be used to make new plastic.

Cotswold District Council leader Joe Harris has given a big thumbs up to the new scheme.

Joe said: “Recycling plastic is very much in the news, not least because of the impact discarded plastic is having on our planet.

"This kind of initiative is to be welcomed, as anything that can reduce the amount of waste plastic has to be good for the environment.

"Although some plastics are routinely collected for recycling, others, like sweet wrappers and plastic bags have proved harder to recycle and as someone who loves crisps and sweets this looks like a very positive step forward and means I’ve got a (slightly!) clearer conscience.

"I hope people will take advantage of this new opportunity to dispose of these traditionally hard to recycle forms of plastic and the new administration at Cotswold District Council will look at ways in which we can provide a similar service for residents at our offices."

Collection booths are located at the stores and will take:

● Crisp packets

● Sweet wrappers

● Plastic film

● Pet food pouches

● Any plastic bag

For more information on the initiative click here