The European plastics industry has responded positively to the release of the EU’s first Europe-wide plastics strategy, expressing support for improved extended producer responsibility (EPR) and the headline goal of ensuring that all plastic packaging is recyclable by 2030.
In the wake of the government’s commitment to eliminate ‘avoidable’ plastic waste by 2042, supermarket Iceland has promised to make its own-brand products plastic free within five years, and other retailers are offering pledges of their own.
Shoppers will be given a simpler, more consistent range of storage and date advice on food packaging after new WRAP guidance presented a new industry standard for date labelling and storage advice used by food manufacturers and retailers.
The government wants to position the UK as a world leader in maximising the value we extract from our resources, strengthening the market for secondary materials and moving towards a more circular economy, its new Industrial Strategy has said.
The waste and resources industry has issued a cautiously positive response to the Autumn Budget, which included a call for evidence on a single-use plastics tax and extra funding for the Environment Agency to tackle waste crime.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has launched a call for evidence for a single-use plastics tax and committed an extra £30 million to the Environment Agency to tackle waste crime in his Autumn Budget Statement.
We've been talking about the possibility of introducing bottle deposit return schemes in the UK for years now, but with Scotland forging ahead, it seems that England might well follow. Cecil Goodbody talks to deposit advocates and opponents.