Both the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party have promised initiatives to improve packaging recycling in their environment manifestos.
The Lib Dems clarified their manifesto pledge for a “zero-waste society” by announcing plans to create a statutory duty on retailers and manufacturers to take back end-of-life products and packaging, such as electronics, furniture and plastics. The party will trial the plans with a pilot on carrier bags and mobile phones.
Speaking at the environment manifesto launch, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg told voters not to “settle for a Labour Party that has had 13 years to deliver on the environment and has failed,” and warned that the Conservatives merely “talk the talk on green issues”.
The Labour environmental manifesto outlined a 10-point plan for tackling climate change, one of which promised new reductions in the use of plastic bags and reinforcing regulations to reduce unnecessary packaging. The manifesto also announced a white paper on the role of regional planning strategies and local authorities in managing Britain’s natural resources, and emphasised the need for EU-wide sustainability standards for biofuels.
Energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband said of the Labour manifesto: “It embodies our values, creating jobs for young people, protecting the vulnerable, standing up for the many and enshrining our commitment to fairness now and in the future.”