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WRAP plastics recycling research unveiled at summit

Research and guidance on how to make plastic packaging more sustainable was published by WRAP at the first ever UK Plastics Pact Summit in London last week.

Launched six months ago, the UK Plastics Pact Summit brings the plastics supply chain together with the Government and NGOs to tackle plastic waste.

WRAP brought the 150 Pact delegates up to speed with the work it has been doing into making the design, collection and processing of waste plastics more sustainable. It will publish a roadmap later this year on tackling plastics packaging pollution.

WRAP chief executive Marcus Gover (pictured) said: “The world is watching and we cannot fail. We know it is a complex challenge and we need to get the balance right – retaining the value of plastic while reducing the harmful effects of plastic waste on our environment.”

The WRAP guidance provides tips on making rigid plastic packaging more recyclable; updated national recycling guidelines; composition of plastic waste collected via kerbside; plastic packaging flow data report; and minimum thickness of bottles to be recycled.

At the summit meeting, a competition was anounced called UK Circular Plastics Flagship Projects, for creative ideas to improve plastics sustainability. It will be managed by WRAP and UK Research and Innovation.

Gover added: “I am delighted at the speed and level of commitment from the UK Plastics Pact in turning our ambition into action. We are on our journey to totally transforming the plastic system in the UK and tackling the urgent problem of plastic pollution.”

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, attended the event. He said: “Consumer calls for action are behind retailers’, brands’ and manufacturers’ commendable efforts to tackle the overuse of packaging and single-use plastics in our stores. There is growing evidence that shoppers are firmly turning away from products that they perceive as having unnecessary packaging.”

 

Readers' comments (1)

  • The real scourge now is the general plastic waste, outside PET and HDPE. DRS will do nothing to resolve the much bigger problem of general plastic waste. Government needs to put in place incentives at every level to ensure there is processing infrastructure after initial recovery and sorting. This problem is worldwide.

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