General Article Crisps, chocolate and cheese worst offenders for recycling

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Which? singles out big brands for lack of environmentally conscious packaging.

By Rebecca Smithers, Consumer affairs correspondent

Crisps, chocolate and cheese are among the worst foods for packaging recyclability, with big brands such as Pringles, KitKat and Babybel singled out for failing to do more to help the environment, a new investigation has claimed.

The consumer group Which? analysed 89 of the UK’s best-selling branded groceries and found only a third (34%) had packaging that was fully recyclable in household collections. About four in 10 (41%) of items had no relevant labelling, leaving even environmentally conscious consumers in the dark about disposal.

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