Pret A Manger is launching recycling facilities for customers at its branches this July.

The ’co-mingled’ recycling will mean that all of the company’s product packaging can be placed in a single bin, ready for sorting later at the recycling plant.

In a statement, Pret said: "This keeps it simple and ensures that we can recycle as much as possible.

"When the scheme gets up and running, we will publish regular updates on the volumes recycled. We will do the same for all of our kitchen packa- ging too."

Eighty per cent of customers take the packaging out of the shop, according to Pret, which says it would like to see more office-based recycling put into place.