Investigations into the options for improving the collection of packaging waste film in the UK have been published in a new report by WRAP. The research, "Development of Options for Enhancing Commercial and Industrial Film Collection", was carried out by Pira International and indicates that better logistics and a more co-ordinated approach could provide the solution.
The UK currently produces over 300,000 tonnes of waste packaging film each year, including pallet stretch and shrink wrap, heavy duty sacks and silage wrap. Figures generated for the report indicate that up to 71% of the film consumed in the UK could be recovered for recycling, as long as minimal contamination could be achieved.
A number of key barriers to film recycling are identified in the report, with particular regard to economics and logistics, which cause the amount of film waste recycled to be limited. Pira International has made a number of recommendations to address these barriers, including increased co-operation between smaller waste producers within street locations and retail parks, consideration for recycling facilities within the planning stages of new developments and investigation into improved levels of sorting.