UK food producer and supplier Cranswick has reduced 703t of plastic from its operations across the group after signing The UK Plastics Pact one year ago.

As part of its commitment, the company eliminated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from all packaging, invested in machinery to move from non-recycled to recyclable plastics, and worked with stakeholders to include recycling guidelines on packaging.

The company has also updated all its trays to feature a minimum of 65% recycled content and is working towards producing 100% recyclable trays in the home waste segment.

Cranswick Group commercial director Jim Brisby said: “At Cranswick, we are proud to have cut 703t of plastic from our business so far over the last 12 months. However, we recognise that we are still at the start of this journey.

“The time for change is now and as an industry, we must move faster. This is why tackling the issues surrounding plastic packaging is such a vital area in our sustainability strategy, Second Nature. Collectively, we can make a difference.”

While signing the pact, the company announced various commitments such as eliminating problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic, as well as using 100%-reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging. Around 70% of its plastic packaging will be recycled or composted, with an average of 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging by 2025.

The commitments set out in The UK Plastics Pact complements the company’s Plastics Pledge announced in January 2018 to reduce, re-use and recycle plastic.

Led by WRAP, the UK Plastics Pact has more than 100 organisations from across the entire plastics value chain signed up as members and supporters. The initiative was launched on 26 April last year.

Members of the Pact have pledged to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK, keep plastic out of oceans and eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic packaging.