Mars Wrigley UK has taken another step in its journey towards 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging with the removal of the black PE liner from its Maltesers boxes.

Instead, a dispersion coated barrier paperboard will be placed where the PE plastic liner was before. The company says the new design will reduce its annual plastic usage by 82 tonnes.

The new Maltesers box uses Metsä Board’s dispersion coated barrier board, which is fully recyclable, biodegradable and compostable and made of fresh fibres 100% traceable to their origin in sustainably managed Northern European forests.

Adam Grant, General Manager, Mars Wrigley UK, said: “At Mars, we take our responsibility for sustainable packaging seriously, and this announcement that our iconic Maltesers box is now fully recyclable is another important step in our journey toward packaging that is 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable.”