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Nampak gives Defra targets the thumbs up!

Plastic recycler Nampak has welcomed the new packaging recycling targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) but said that more can be done.
Under new recycling targets businesses will have to recycle 26% of plastic in 2008, 27% in 2009 and 29% in 2010.

Nampak development director James Crick said: Nampak welcomes the announcement from Defra to confirm the packaging recycling targets for the coming years and will continue to do all it can to help achieve them. The last few years have witnessed a great deal of innovation to improve environmental performance of plastic packaging in the UK, including the introduction of the worlds first recycled content HDPE milk bottle, but there is more that could be done.

The millions being invested in plastic packaging reprocessing in the UK is also a positive environmental sign and indicative of a growing domestic market for packaging waste. However, future success is contingent on an increase in collection from the post-consumer waste stream. With only just over half of UK households having kerbside collections for plastics, there is the obvious potential to make subsequent recycling targets more challenging and offer even greater environmental benefits.

Click here to see James Crick being interviewed.

Image: Nampak development director James Crick

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