Countdown are rolling out their BYO container scheme nationwide

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Countdown supermarkets are rolling out a bring-your-own container scheme across the country this week after a successful six week trial in selected stores.

Consumers can now bring their own containers to deli, meat and seafood counters where they will be cleaned, dried and weighed by staff before being filled.

The iniative is to help reduce plastic waste.

Customers could bring clean waterproof containers into stores, which would then be cleaned with a food-safe detergent, and dried by supermarket staff to ensure safety.

Countdown's general manager corporate affairs, safety and sustainability, Kiri Hannifin said that BYO scheme was just one initiative Countdown was working on to reduce plastic.

It was also auditing it's own-brand packaging, trialling different bag options in its bakeries and using misting systems on fruit and vegetables to remove the need for packaging.

It had reinstated the soft-packaging recycling scheme in several of its Auckland stores, she said.