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Working together for a more ‘plastic fantastic future’

Another week, another raft of plastics news hitting the headlines. This week saw Buckingham Place announce the Queen’s plans to ban the use of plastic straws on all royal estates, in a move thought to be influenced by David Attenborough’s documentary, Blue Planet II.

Our industry is also making progress in a bid to reduce the damage caused by the way we all consume and dispose of plastic. Earlier this week WRAP and INCPEN set out four cross sector programmes outlining where action is needed.

WRAP sent a letter to stakeholders highlighting a programme of four ‘independent and mutually supporting’ areas where action is required. This includes:

  • Action by businesses to change how they use and design plastic
  • Action by Government to reform the plastic packaging producer responsibility regulation
  • Action by local authorities and the recycling sector to increase the quantity and quality of plastic packaging collected for recycling
  • Action by citizens to change how they use and dispose of plastic
  • Casepak fully supports the notion of all of us – government, plastic producers, recyclers, consumers – working together to develop a more sensible and sustainable place for plastic in our world.

    While WRAP is working to deliver its Framework for Greater Consistency (whereby a common set of materials is collected from all households in England, such as plastic bottles, trays and tubs) it says additional work is needed to consider the collection of plastic films from households.

    As one of the UK’s most technologically advanced MRFs, Casepak can already process hard grade and film grade plastics from source segregated or dry mixed recycling collections.

    This means we are in a fortunate position to be able to support the industry – through education and practical guidance – with the common goal of changing our attitudes on how we use and dispose of plastic.

    However, although we have the technology set up and ready to go, we need residents and businesses to be on side to ensure the correct material is being collected. As part of this, our team works with each local authority that delivers its recycling to us to ensure that the message gets through to residents. We would also welcome action on the part of plastics packaging producers to make products that can be easily recycled.

    WRAP recognises that barriers, such as lack of understanding and motivation exist, and understands that more needs to be done to get them on board.

    This poses a challenge, but I believe it is one that we can eventually overcome by transparency and working all together.