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PAFA hits out at EU plastic bag consultation

The EU’s consultation on methods to reduce plastic carrier bag use has been dismissed as an “ill-formed and unwarranted intervention” by the Packaging And Films Association (PAFA).

PAFA chief executive Barry Turner stated he was “astonished” at the way the consultation, which includes questions on the applicability of taxation and an EU-level ban on plastic carrier bags, had been introduced.

Turner said: “This pronouncement shows no regard for the current understanding of the role of our products and the responsible actions already adopted by our industry with significant results.

“The proposal to single out a product which is already fully and adequately covered by EU environmental legislation is an ill-informed and unwarranted intervention that appears to be politically motivated. Most importantly, it will bring no environmental benefits and also risks industry taking steps to protect its position under established EU competition law.”

Turner pointed to the Environment Agency’s Life Cycle Assessment of Supermarket Carrier Bags report, as evidence that lightweight plastic bags have “outstanding environmental credentials”.

PAFA has pledged to join other organisations in opposing any legislation against plastics and said it was “already in talks” to agree a Europe-wide strategy.

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