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Plastics firms urged to lobby MPs

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has launched a “political contact programme” in an attempt to influence policy makers ahead of the 2015 general election.

BPF president Mike Boswell called on each member firm, including the 36 members of its Recycling Group, to invite local MPs to their plant.

He said: “We have prepared a document describing the economic impact of the UK plastics industry and its key strategic themes.

“It provides a great opportunity for member firms to describe their contribution to the wider industry to local stakeholders.

“We have identified the industry’s skill’s shortage, the precarious energy supply situation, the low level of bank lending to small and medium sized enterprises and support for the construction sector as areas of possible discussion.

“With a general election looming now is the right time to state our needs as a sector.”

A committee set up by the BPF to identify skills gaps and “lobby for resources to fill them” will hold its first meeting on 27 January 2015.

In August the BPF Recycling Group launched a manifesto calling for a split in plastics recycling targets between domestic and export markets.

It argued this would increase investment in sorting and processing equipment and boost domestic recycling capacity.

At the last general election in 2010 the BPF issued a critique of the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat manifestos.

Firms involved in the waste and recycling sector have stepped up their political activity over recent months.

Last week the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and the Environmental Services Association launched a lobbying group to influence the Government, MPs, regulators and media ahead of next years’ general election.

Resources & Waste UK said its immediate priority is to identify “top-line issues” that will form the basis of a manifesto.

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