The plastics recycling industry has expressed concern at proposed new government targets on packaging.
The British Plastics Federation Recycling Group (BPF-RG) said Defra’s consultation target of 57% recycling of plastics packaging by 2017 was “breathtaking”.
The consultation on recovery and recycling targets for packaging waste for 2013-2017 began on 16 December and lasts until 10 February. The consultation document proposes the plastics recycling target increase by 5% per year, from 32% to 57% by 2017.
BPF-RG, which represents more than 30 plastics recycling firms, said the targets would require the creation of a million tonnes of new MRF capacity and could affect the quality of sorted plastics for recycling.
It said such an ambitious target – going further than the industry-funded Plastics 20/20 Challenge target of 50% by 2020 – “can only be achieved through a coordinated and structured approach involving all stakeholders”
Roger Baynham, chair of BPF Recycling Group said: “National and local government, waste management companies, plastic recyclers, the investment community, and critically retailers and brand owners must work together now to deliver the innovation, technology, enterprise and funding upon which this vision will fundamentally rely.”