However council leaders are calling for tougher laws to stop firms from using excessive packaging.
"The law which is supposed to ban excessive packaging is a toothless tiger. The fact that there have only been four successful prosecutions in the UK demonstrates the law simply isn’t working," said Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, chairman of the LGA.
One of the four cases involved a Cambridgeshire customer who bought a tin of Cadbury's Giant Chocolate Fingers which were not actually giant, but just in a much larger tin. The company responsible, Burton's Foods, was fined £5,000.
"A maximum fine of £5,000 is a drop in the ocean for big companies. Only serious fines will act as a genuine deterrent to over-packaging," urged Mr Bruce-Lockhart.
"People power is now needed to put pressure on producers to cut down wasteful packaging."
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