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Consumers back recyclers over plastic packaging, says Resource Association

Two-thirds of consumers are said to support an increase in the price of plastic milk bottles to ensure they are made from at least 30% recycled material, according to a survey.

The Resource Association (RA) has released the results of an online poll carried out this week, showing backing for the use of recycled content – and legislation requiring manufacturers to do so.

In the survey of 2,006 people, 68% backed a rise in the price of a two-pint bottle by 0.1p (38% strongly support, 30% tend to support). One in 10 were opposed.

There was also 71% support for legislation requiring a minimum amount of recycled content in products with plastic packaging (37% strongly support, 34% tend to support). Opponents amounted to 6%.

The findings follow the recent call from the RA, reported by MRW, for signatories to the Dairy Roadmap and the Courtauld Commitment to stop switching to virgin polymers for plastic packaging, especially milk bottles. The trend follows the fall in oil prices which has made recycled polymers less competitive against virgin material.

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Ray Georgeson, RA chief executive, left, said: “The great British public ‘gets’ recycling and is sending a clear signal to industry and retailers alike.

“The decision-makers in the supply chain must take note, wake up and act to support UK reprocessing through the storm of low oil prices and the turbulence this is causing to the sustainability of the UK plastic milk bottle processing infrastructure.”

“It requires nothing more than those who made this important voluntary commitment – a commitment upon which our reprocessing infrastructure has been built – to fulfil their pledges under the Dairy Roadmap and Courtauld Commitment.

“They could do it this working day and stem the growing uncertainty.”

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