Cut all single use packaging, not just plastic, say MPs

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The UK wants to maneuver away from all single use packaging – not just plastic – to have a long-term constructive affect on the setting, MPs have stated.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee stated extra additionally wanted to be accomplished on recycling techniques and labelling, in addition to trying on the effectiveness of reuse and refill schemes.

And the committee’s report known as for for the proposed plastic packaging tax – which is able to tax packaging with lower than 30% recycled content material – to have decrease charges for larger ranges of recycled materials.

It warned that the growing use of alternate options to plastic, similar to aluminium, glass, paper or compostable plastics, additionally had environmental impacts, doubtlessly pushing up power use and carbon emissions.

Committee chairman Neil Parish stated: “We all know that plastic air pollution of our rivers and seas is a big downside.

“However, changing plastic with different supplies is not at all times the very best answer, as all supplies have an environmental affect.

“My committee can be involved that compostable plastics have been launched with out the fitting infrastructure or client understanding about how one can get rid of them.

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“Fundamentally, substitution is not the answer, and we need to look at ways to cut down on single-use packaging.”

He added: “Currently, packaging labelling may be complicated, unclear, and even deceptive.

“Ensuring that all native authorities gather the identical plastics for recycling will make it simpler for packaging to be labelled, so customers know whether or not that packaging is recyclable or not.”

The committee recommended that reuse and refill schemes could also be an efficient option to cut back packaging.

Waitrose is within the strategy of rolling out its “unpacked” trial to a number of shops. It includes refillable choices for merchandise starting from wine and beer to cereals, pasta and cleansing merchandise.

Another is Loop, run by TerraCycle and set to be piloted in collaboration with Tesco, which is able to ship merchandise ordered on-line to properties in reusable containers that can then be collected, cleaned and refilled.

And soccer golf equipment are being urged to undertake returnable cups at their stadiums to chop plastic waste.

Friends of the Earth estimates greater than six million single-use plastic beer cups could have used within the Premier League final season alone.

Some groups are already making the transfer. Last month Manchester City launched a stadium-wide returnable cup scheme final month which it estimates will assist take away a median of 29,000 single-use plastic cups per match.

Arsenal additionally launched a reusable cup scheme with the native Camden Town Brewery initially of this season following a profitable trial interval final yr.

Sky’s Ocean Rescue marketing campaign encourages individuals to scale back their single-use plastics. You can discover out extra in regards to the marketing campaign and how one can get entangled at www.skyoceanrescue.com