ESA calls for producers to pay the true cost of plastic

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
despite focus on plastics following Blue Planet II, the UK is recycling just 45% of plastic packaging

The Environmental Services Association has called on producers to pay the 'true cost' of plastic.

Speaking at a Conservative Party Conference fringe event, ESA executive director Jacob Hayler joined Defra Minister Thérèse Coffey, FCC, WWF and Asda to discuss and debate the extent of the plastics problem, what can be done to solve it, and whether the government is on the right track.

He argued that despite focus on plastics following Blue Planet II, the UK is recycling just 45% of plastic packaging.

To combat this, Hayler said producers must manage their products at the end of life.

He said: “This will not only inject much needed funding in domestic recycling infrastructure but will incentivise producers to design their products for recyclability. In turn, this will help bring clarity to consumers about what can and cannot be recycled.

“This must be complemented by measures to require producers to use recycled content in their products, without which, there is no point collecting materials in the first place.”

Speaking alongside the ESA, Paul Taylor, FCC Environment CEO, argued any efforts to reduce plastic will be hampered unless infrastructure and residual waste is tackled.

He said: “Although momentum is growing, at the moment it feels like words.

“Our industry would be ready to invest in the necessary infrastructure to better tackle plastic recycling if the framework was there to deal with it.”


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