'Widely recyled' labels on pre-packed sandwiches are 'misleading'

'Widely recyled' labels on pre-packed sandwiches are 'misleading' because the boxes have a plastic lining, says TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Sandwich packaging may be highly exacerbating the plastic waste problem Labels on boxes claiming they are ‘widely recycled’ are ‘wholly misleading’   Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall found that many packets had a plastic lining

By Xantha Leatham For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:57 BST, 2 September 2020 | Updated: 02:59 BST, 2 September 2020

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As a country, we munch our way through six million of them every day.

But buying sandwiches may be exacerbating the plastic waste problem because of issues recycling the packaging.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, says the labels on sandwich boxes that claim they are ‘widely recycled’ are ‘wholly misleading’.

He found many packets had a plastic lining, making them ‘almost impossible’ to recycle properly. 

Buying sandwiches (stock)  may be exacerbating the plastic waste problem because of issues recycling the packaging

 Buying sandwiches (stock)  may be exacerbating the plastic waste problem because of issues recycling the packaging

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (pictured), says the labels on sandwich boxes that claim they are ‘widely recycled’ are ‘wholly misleading’

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (pictured), says the labels on sandwich boxes that claim they are ‘widely recycled’ are ‘wholly misleading’

In an episode of his BBC series, War on Plastic, which aired last night, the chef met with Simon Ellin, from the Recycling Association, to discuss the issue.

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