Plastic bottles: Turning Back the Plastic Tide

Date Published: Monday 8th January 2018

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has recommend that firms producing plastic packaging should pay more for the waste created with suppliers of hard-to-recycle complex plastics to be charged most, and firms using simple easy-to-recycle packages to pay least, as well as introducing a deposit return scheme and charges for single-use plastics.

The report said in order to make packaging producers more responsible for the type of products they are putting on the market, the Government should adapt the producer responsibility compliance fee structure that stimulates the use of recycled plastic, rewards design for recyclability, and increases costs for packaging that is difficult to recycle or reuse.

However, The British Plastics Federation has condemned the report stating it is against legislation for refundable drinks bottles, focusing on ‘consumer education’ as a way to ensure a closed loop cycle for PET bottles. It has cited the unreliability of the bottles statistics included in the committee's report for its stance against the uptake of a bottle return scheme. The Federation said: “We are pleased to see the ECA recognised that a government and industry-led initiative for on-the-go consumption of food and drinks may be necessary. However, we feel the EAC has failed to recognise the need to focus on single serve containers which are most associated with on-the-go consumption and the most difficult to recover with the current on-street recycling provision."

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