Tesco is launching a trial to remove a selection of plastic-wrapped fruit and vegetables to cut down on waste.

Tesco said the month-long pilot would run from today at two of its Extra stores, in Watford and Swindon, and would remove packaging from 45 fruit and vegetables where loose alternatives were available, according to The Guardian.

The items will include apples, onions, mushrooms, peppers and avocados. 

Tesco said last year that it would ban all “hard-to-recycle” plastic packaging by this year and make all of its packaging fully recyclable by 2025. 

Tesco director of quality Sarah Bradbury said: “We hope this trial proves popular with customers. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the results, including any impact on food waste.”