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Bye-bye disposable BBQs

  • Waitrose one of the first UK supermarkets to commit to ending the sale of disposable barbecues
  • This will save an estimated 70,000 disposable barbecues from being sold each year
  • ‘Disposable barbecues present a risk to our natural habitats’

Waitrose and Aldi have become the first UK supermarkets today (March 9th) to commit to ending the sale of disposable barbecues, with Waitrose already removing them across all 331 of its core stores*.

The move comes as increasing pressure mounts from leading charities and environmental organisations for supermarkets to remove disposable barbecues due to their potentially hazardous impact on the environment.

We estimate this will save around 70,000 disposable barbecues from being sold per year, which will save multiple tonnes of paper labels, shrink wrap plastic, cooking grills, foil and card.

Protecting natural habitats 

Lucy Comer, Buyer at Waitrose said: "Disposable barbecues present a risk to our natural habitats and this is why we've committed to removing them from our shelves this year. This is the right thing to do to preserve our local ecosystems and another example of the work we're doing to protect the planet. We applaud Aldi for standing with us to make this happen and we hope other retailers will follow."

Read more about our Sustainable approach here

About the John Lewis Partnership
The John Lewis Partnership owns and operates two of Britain's best-loved retail brands - John Lewis and Waitrose. Started as a radical experiment over a century ago, the Partnership is now the largest employee-owned business in the UK, with over 80,000 employees who are all Partners in the business. The Partnership is purpose-driven, existing to create a fairer and more sustainable future for our Partners, customers, suppliers and communities. Our Purpose not only inspires our principles, drives our decisions and acts as our guide to be a force for good, it steers us to do things differently and better - all in service of creating a happier world for everyone and everything we touch.


Waitrose & Partners has 331 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 59 convenience branches, 27 shops at Welcome Break locations, and Waitrose.com - its fast-growing online shopping business, consistently rated highly by independent research. The retailer combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop - dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service. As part of an employee-owned business, all Partners have a say in how the business is run. 

Contact Details:

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