UK industry pledges to double recycling of plastic packaging

07 July 2009 12:24  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--The UK plastics industry has pledged to double its recycling rate of plastic packaging by 2020 through a campaign launched on Tuesday, a coalition of industry players said.

The Plastics 2020 Challenge, organised by the British Plastics Federation, PlasticsEurope and the Packaging & Films Association, has been implemented by the industry to challenge itself, the government and consumers to step up recycling and to stop sending plastic to landfill, the coalition said in a statement.

Other environmental campaigners, such as Friends of the Earth, would be encouraged to take part in regular web debates on a new website on subjects such as marine littering and bio plastics.

The coalition said findings of research by ComRes showed that almost a third of local councillors did not expect to meet the government's targets for recycling, composting and energy recovery next year while a third did not know if they would meet the targets for 2015 and 2020.

"There are plastics businesses in virtually every parliamentary constituency in the land. The industry is worth £19bn ($31bn, €22bn) to UK Plc and employs 186,000 people,” Calum Forsyth from the Plastics 2020 Challenge said.

“Plastics have become indispensable to our daily lives, and yet debate surrounding their use and disposal has become unhelpfully polarised. The urgent challenge is to confront head on these issues which surround one of modern life's essential materials, as time is running out about the options for efficient disposal of plastics," he added.

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