Tesco bans sale of specific disposable barbecue in Dorset

A SUPERMARKET has banned the sale of so-called ‘forest-friendly’ disposable barbecues in all of its stores in Dorset after residents raised concerns that its marketing could trigger an increased risk of forest fires.

Tesco has confirmed that it will no longer sell the forest-friendly zip-up barbecue tray in any of its Dorset stores.

The post referred to sustainably sourced charcoal – but Litter Free Dorset had raised concerns that it might encourage people to light them in the forests.

Last year a fire ravaged around 220 hectares of woodland and moorland in Wareham Forest – an incident which has been described as “one of the most devastating fires in Dorset in living memory” by an officer senior fire department – allegedly started by a disposable barbecue.

Litter Free Dorset, a community campaign to reduce the social, economic and environmental impacts of waste, earlier this month launched the #ChooseToRemoveDisposableBBQs campaign to discourage supermarkets and stores from selling disposable barbecues.

Campaigners are delighted that Tesco has agreed to ban the sale of these barbecues bearing the ‘forest-friendly’ marketing label in all of its stores in Dorset.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “Due to specific local concerns over the use of these products in Dorset, we have suspended the sale of certain barbecue products in Tesco stores in Dorset and in and around the New Forest.

“We are a responsible retailer and encourage our customers to use disposable grills safely and dispose of them properly. We have very clear instructions on how to do this on the packaging of the ones we sell.”

Sophie Colley, Litter Free Dorset coordinator at Dorset Council, said: “Following concerns from local residents that the message on the packaging of the ‘forest-friendly’ disposable zip barbecues could encourage people to barbecue in local areas. forests, we urged Tesco to withdraw the proceeds from the sale.

“The post referred to sustainably sourced charcoal, but that was not how it was viewed by customers and local Dorset residents. After correspondence with the area manager for Bournemouth and Poole, he It was decided that the “forest friendly” ZIP barbecue the trays would be discontinued centrally by Tesco.

“As part of a joint campaign alongside the Dorset Council, Litter Free Dorset is working closely with supermarkets to remove disposable barbecues from sale and / or display safety messages alongside barbecues and other related items. barbecue.”

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