UK supermarket chain Morrisons is testing ‘rentable’ boxes on its Salad Bar in four stores, with an aim to further reduce single-use plastic in stores.

The company claimed that the Refill a Box scheme is the first initiative to be trialled among UK supermarkets.

Made from fully recyclable polypropylene, the box can be reused 400 times and will replace Morrisons’ large salad box.

Customers will be required to download the CauliBox app, register, tap on ‘scan to take a box’ and provide their card details to use the service.

They can collect an empty box from a Salad Bar colleague by scanning the QR code on the Salad Bar point-of-sale.

Customers will have to pay £5 ($6.54) as a deposit to rent a box, which will be refunded when they return the box to the Refill a Box drop-off point at the Salad Bar within seven days.

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Morrisons environment packaging manager Lorraine Wheeler said: “Thousands of customers visit our Salad Bars every week – and this is increasing as people go back out to work.

“Until now we’ve stocked recyclable single-use plastic containers, but we think customers will be ready to swap to this reusable box – as it’s so simple to use. We hope to roll it out to more stores this year.”

The initiative is part of Morrisons’ commitment to removing plastic packaging from its stores.

The retailer had pledged to reduce primary plastic packaging from its own brand by 50% by 2025.

In 2019, the retailer launched paper carrier bags at checkouts, while toilet and kitchen rolls in plastic-free paper packaging were introduced last month.