ALDI is trialling clear caps on milk bottles in its Gloucestershire stores in a bid to further improve the recyclability of its products.  

The supermarket is scrapping the green bottle tops on its British Semi Skimmed Standard Milk products in favour of clear caps, which are easier to recycle. 

The trial, which is in partnership with milk supplier Müller, will be introduced later this month across ten Gloucestershire Aldi stores - including the branch on Cricklade Road in  Cirencester.

An Aldi spokesperson said: “If successful and rolled out to all Müller-supplied stores, an additional 60 tonnes per year of recycled High-Density Polythene could be turned back into food grade packaging, as the milk bottle tops will be reused to create new milk bottles. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The new Aldi clear cap which is being trialled in Gloucestershire stores The new Aldi clear cap which is being trialled in Gloucestershire stores (Image: Aldi)

Richard Gorman, plastics and packaging director at Aldi, said: “We know it’s becoming increasingly important to our customers that their everyday products are environmentally-friendly.

"We are constantly reviewing ways to become a more sustainable supermarket. 

“By trialling clear milk caps we are making our milk bottles easier to recycle, so they can be turned back into new packaging.” 

This move is the latest in Aldi’s efforts to increase the amount of recycled materials in its products. 

The supermarket is on track to have 50% of its plastic packaging made from recycled materials by 2025.

A full list of Gloucestershire Aldi stores that are included in the recycling scheme: 

  • Aldi Cirencester, Cricklade Road
  • Aldi Stroud, Bath Road
  • Aldi Gloucester, Bristol Road
  • Aldi Gloucester, Clifton Road
  • Aldi Gloucester, Hucclecote Road
  • Aldi Cheltenham, Grovefield Way    
  • Aldi Cheltenham, Tewkesbury Road
  • Aldi Chipping Norton, Banbury Road
  • Aldi Moreton In Marsh, Stow Road    
  • Aldi Tewkesbury, Gloucester Road