Contains Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) Issued new guidelines That means supermarket retailers across the country will be collecting and recycling a wide variety of plastic bags and wrappers by the end of this year. UK plastic deal.
Recyclability – especially flexible plastic packaging – basically plastics are very confusing to consumers – the new guideline aims to promote store recycling for all types of flexible plastic packaging.
The range of plastic bags and wrappers to be collected and recycled in the store currently includes plastic polythene bags, bread bags, press wrappers and grain liners. By the end of this year, it is set to expand to include salad bags, biscuit wrappers and crisp pockets.
WRAP’s guidance aims to guide supermarket retailers in introducing standard store collections for flexible plastic packaging and to encourage supermarkets to recognize the importance of marketing news processing, branding and design.
In March of this year Tesco released its store collection points, covering 171 stores across the South West and Wales.
Other retailers across the country are trying this kind of collection: Sainsbury’s has been doing successful collections in the Northeast, while Co-op is trying in 51 stores across the Southeast.
Marcus Gower, CEO of WRAP, commented: “I am pleased that with the UK Plastics Agreement increasing the proportion of people who can recycle all types of plastic bags and wrap them in supermarkets, we look forward to the year when it becomes widely available.
“This is an important step when 6 percent of plastic bags and wrapping are currently recycled – 22 percent of all plastic packaging by weight. It is also important to ensure that consumers have consistent information on where to recycle plastic bags and wrappers.”
Co-operative Environmental Manager Ian Ferguson said: “Co-op is committed to recycling all plastic food packages in the home, preventing unwanted waste and reducing pollution.
Our own tests tell us that shopkeepers support simple solutions to everyday problems with accessible removal methods and clear messaging. We welcome career guidance designed to make it easier for consumers to recycle. ”
Mike Maxwell, of the UK’s plastic bag and wrap recycling Jayplus, added: “Our film sorting plant will sort the material by polymer type and color, significantly contributing to the UK – increasing its recycling rates under the objectives of the UK Plastic Agreement.”
Mike Baxter, External Affairs Director, Plastic Recycling Berry Group, commented: “We understand the challenges of recycling plastic packaging in front of an already collected store.
“We have proven that these products can be recycled and, most importantly, re-packaged in new packaging.
“However, we cannot do this on our own, and all stakeholders have a key role to play. Ingredient specifications are included prior to store recycling to ensure packaging buyers.”