Send the plastic back to the supermarkets

The Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall BBC 3-part TV programme, about plastics, had a short term campaign to return plastic to the supermarkets with each piece marked with the hashtag #ourplasticfeedback. That campaign has finished but many people are still returning unwanted plastic in person and by posting it all back to the supermarket where it was acquired.
This is a proposal to extend that campaign indefinitely.
I believe that using the FREEPOST method will have more impact because the supermarkets are financially affected as they have to pay for each delivery….so the more you all send back, the more it costs the supermarkets.
 
Clean your plastic containers and mark with the same #ourplasticfeedback and either crush or cut up and enclose the following letter in each envelope. Don’t expect a response though.
 
LETTER START
 
WAR ON PLASTIC
 
Why have you received this?
The plastic enclosed has been removed from my shopping and returned to your supermarket because I and the members of the War on Plastic group do not want single use plastic to be used. There are too many examples of food packaging that is excessive, unnecessary and avoidable.
 
Our current local council recycling systems cannot cope or vary too widely to cater for the many types of plastic you and your suppliers are using today and as a result we now suffer from ridiculous amounts of non-biodegradable plastics in landfill and/or shipping our waste to foreign shores for processing … or not processing, depending on where they end up.
 
This has to stop.
 
What am I expecting?
 
That you, as a primary driving force, initiates the rapid development of alternative packaging systems with your suppliers. We also ask that you extend your trial systems to provide re-fillable systems throughout your nationwide branches. Paper, recycled paper and card, glass containers and other multiple use containers should be the norm, not the exception.
 
Take the lead, react before legislation forces you and win customers hearts and minds in doing so.
 
LETTER END
 
Thanks to Jake Gates for the list of FREEPOST addresses…
 
Tesco Customer Services
FREEPOST SCO2298
Dundee
DD1 9NF
 
Sainsbury’s
FREEPOST ANG20589
PO Box 137
Wymondham
NR9 5BR
 
ASDA
Freepost RSJT-XEEL-XBLR
ASDA Contact Centre
Asda House
Great Wilson Street
Leeds
LS11 5AD
 
The Co-operative Group
Customer Relations,
Freepost MR9473,
Manchester
M4 8BA
 
W. H. Smith Retail Ltd.
FREEPOST SCE4410
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN3 3XS
 
Waitrose & John Lewis Partnership
FREEPOST SW1647
Bracknell
RG12 8HX
LIDL UK GmbH
19 WORPLE ROAD
WIMBLEDON
SW19 4JS
 
ALDI STORES
HOLLY LANE
ATHERSTONE
WARWICKSHIRE
CV9 2SQ
 
BUDGENS
MUSGRAVE RETAIL PARTNERS GB
MUSGRAVE HOUSE
MOORHALL ROAD
HAREFIELD
MIDDLESEX
UB9 6NS
 
ICELAND FOODS LTD
SECOND AVENUE
DEESIDE INDUSTRIAL PARK
DEESDIE
FLINTSHIRE
CH5 2NW
 
The following are not FREEPOST addresses but if you send items without postage paid they have to pay anyway.
 
Marks and Spencer PLC
Returns Department,
48 Hardwick Grange, Woolston,
Warrington,
Cheshire,
WA1 4RF
United Kingdom
 
Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
Customer Service Department
Hilmore House
Gain Lane
Bradford
BD3 7DL
 
Paul Burton