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News UK  will be removing the plastic outter wrapping on The Sunday Times from May 19, in a measure that would take 35 tonnes of plastic out of the supply chain.

The move is part of News UK’s plan to remove all single use plastic used to wrap their titles by 2020.

The newspaper and magazine sections will be provided to retailers in two separate bundles, requiring the existing magazine polybag to be inserted.

Chris Duncan, managing director of Times Newspaper Limited, said insertion fees will be paid as normal.

Duncan also informed that the publisher intends to replace the inner magazine polybag with a sustainable alternative wrap soon.

“As readers regularly turn to The Times and The Sunday Times for issues of national and international importance, of which plastic has now become an issue of such, we must act as both a user of plastic and a campaigning journalistic force to make a difference,” he said.

Removing both inner and outer plastic wrapping will result in reducing the amount of single use plastic used, and wasted, by a 35 tonnes a year, he claimed.

Neil Spencer, retail director at News UK, said: “We’re pleased to be working with the UK’s major grocers, retailers and roundsmen to significantly reduce single-use plastic in our supply chain.

“Following our successful customer trial, we know this is something that both retailers and customers want. We are grateful for all the support from our retail partners to help us in our ambition to remove all single-use plastic used to wrap our titles by 2020.”