The Packaging and Film Association has given a critical response to the Governments Packaging Strategy.
Chief executive David Tyson told MRW: The strategy puts big emphasis on resource efficiency but then continues to place bias on recycling rather than equally promote reduce, re-use and recover. The strategy also seems to make the assumption that recycled packaging materials have to go back into packaging we must widen our minds to create other innovative opportunities. For example, PET bottle fibres being woven into clothing.
PAFA does welcome the acknowledgement by the Government of the essential role of packaging to avoid spoilage and damage.
But it does raise concerns over the possible use of bio materials in the UK. The strategy asserts that the UK Government is involved in current discussions at European Union level on introducing bio-based products. Packaging designed to be anaerobically digested could add to the UKs renewable energy supply, according to the strategy.
Tyson said that although they welcome the move to introduce bio-based products, it could risk contaminating established recycling processes. He added: We should only introduce in the knowledge of their short and long-term effects.
Tyson explained that Government should open its mind to energy-from-waste and catch up with the rest of Europe.
He concluded: We need to create more local UK recycling. It is not sensible to ship waste across the globe. Need to dive investment, infrastructure, technologies, new markets for recyclate and include all options including EfW.