WRAP and INCPEN call on cross-sector support to tackle plastics

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The letter called for action on plastics in four key areas

Four cross-sector plans have been laid out by INCPEN and WRAP to reduce environmental damage caused by plastic.

In a letter to stakeholders, INCPEN chief executive Paul Vanston and WRAP chief executive Marcus Gover emphasised the positive role that plastic packaging plays in protecting goods and preventing food waste.

But it recognised that the UK could reduce the way it sues and disposes of plastic.

It called for action in four key areas: business to change how it designs and uses plastic packaging; government to reform producer responsibility regulation; local authorities to increase collections and citizens to change how they use and dispose of plastic packaging.

Action by Business

WRAP’s new collaborative plastics initiative, Circular Plastics Commitment, will see major retailers, brands and plastic packaging suppliers sign up to bold targets to.

These will eliminate unnecessary packaging and plastic products, ensure plastic packaging is practically recyclable and use recycled plastic where possible.

A high-profile launch of the commitment is planned for the spring.

Action by government

Vanston and Gover both called for “fast track changes” to the current PRN system.

They have proposed a series of workshops through February and March followed by a summit in April to bring all stakeholders together to agree the final set of recommendations to be put forward to government.

Action by local authorities

Sorting and recycling of plastic packaging was identified as needing improvement, with the letter calling on further engagement with waste management companies.

The need for a greater focus on how to increase recycling rates of plastic films from households and recycling away from home was also identified.

Action by citizens

WRAP will continue to run its national recycling campaign, Recycling Now, to encourage citizens to recycle.

It will also run a specific plastics campaign linked to the Circular Plastics Commitment.

Gover adedd: “We can only make progress if we all work together. Paul and I look forward to future cooperation with you and we are keen to have wide involvement in this process."

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