The Confederation of Paper Industries has welcomed key issues cited in the new packaging strategy issued by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The reaction comes after Defra published Making the most of packaging: a strategy for a low-carbon economy. (see MRW story)
CPI corrugated sector manager Andrew Barnetson said: Defras recognition of the need to improve the quality of recyclate emanating from UK waste streams, particularly those from domestic sources alongside the call for local authorities to treat recycling as a source of revenue, is also welcomed. This is an area where CPI has lobbied consistently as it sees this issue as fundamental to the future success of UK recycling schemes.
The strategy also emphasised the importance of optimising packaging. The corrugated packaging industry has already been working on this with customers to create packaging that is efficiently and sustainably designed to hold goods perfectly.
CPI supports Defras decision to continue to educate customers on packaging waste. However, Barnetson added: Packaging still has a disproportionately high profile in the environmental debate when there are many other much bigger environmental issues which should be commanding the publics attention such as food waste.