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Cracking down on plastic packaging: Should the UK be doing more?

From 2019, France will be increasing the cost of goods that have non-recyclable plastic packaging by 10%. This is part of a plan to only use recyclable plastics by 2025.

Have you been consciously reducing your plastic consumption – and if so, how? Should the UK introduce stricter rules on plastic packaging?

If you’re stuck for ideas, here are 5 easy ways you can cut down on plastics and 5 ways the world are beating plastic pollution.

Comments

  • Yes

    I don't really feel there's a discussion to be had here.

    Companies should be taxed heavily for products unnecessarily wrapped in plastic packaging.
  • Taxing is not a solution, but plain banning on non recyclable plastics at the current time of production should be the go to option. If there is an innovation of plastic that may not be able to be recycled at current practice within recycling centers then the industry should work with the recycling centers and gov to make it a possibility.

    we have so many rules on safe production of goods, industry standards should be subject is the product able to be recycled.and are there elements that could be recycled.

    The other issue is recycling centers, there is no UK wide policy or progressive industry wide regulatory min requirements for recycle centers to be able to recycle certain plastics, each have their own practices and specification on which plastics they can recycle. When you look at the industry it reminds me of the case study of the supply of electricity before the national grind and national standards was introduced, having about different plugs depending on which region of the UK you visit.
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    but plain banning on non recyclable plastics at the current time of production should be the go to option

    Recycling is not the solution here. We need to use less raw material, not pretend that it's all good if it can theoretically be recycled. A large proportion of the waste which is collected for recycling is not even recycled as it is.

    If it's unnecessary plastic to start with then recycled/recyclable or not, it doesn't really matter.

    Yes, we should be ensuring that on all products manufacturers can't just label as "plastic, check local recycling", and that as much as possible recyclable plastics are used when plastic is essential, but it's "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle" in that order for a good reason.
  • mowcius said:

    but plain banning on non recyclable plastics at the current time of production should be the go to option

    Recycling is not the solution here. We need to use less raw material, not pretend that it's all good if it can theoretically be recycled. A large proportion of the waste which is collected for recycling is not even recycled as it is.

    If it's unnecessary plastic to start with then recycled/recyclable or not, it doesn't really matter.

    Yes, we should be ensuring that on all products manufacturers can't just label as "plastic, check local recycling", and that as much as possible recyclable plastics are used when plastic is essential, but it's "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle" in that order for a good reason.
    I completely agree that reducing packaging design to the minimum needed, rather than having large areas of packaging to make a product more attractive.

    However, my comments about recycling goes beyond the plastic element, but all packaging as a whole. Typically packaging is not going to be reusable, in the sense of a consumer end point, and recycling has to be key, to encourage that raw material used is completely made from recyclable material and that packaging can also be recycled is far more effective, than just saying use less raw material.

    Clearly a nation-wide effort is needed, by bringing in industry wide reform, & reforming consumer habit. I think we can both agree more needs to be done, and passing the cost to the consumer in general through taxation is not going help the overall reduction of non-recyclable packaging. The idea that taxation will have a trickle down effect for change will take too long & if the entire industry does't change from the taxation the effort & only increases the exchequers coffers and nothing for the environment.
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