PIRAP launch plan to recycle 57% of plastic packaging by 2017

The Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan (PIRAP) has launched a sector-wide plan to meet the government’s proposed target of 57% plastic packaging recycling by 2017. Trends calculated before the introduction of the plan showed UK recycling rates for plastic packaging in 2017at 38%.

The plan is the brainchild of Plastics 2020, which is made up or representatives from the British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Packaging and Films Association (PAFA), and the Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) and has acknowledged various ways in which they could improve collection rates, optimise sorting infrastructure and develop end markets for plastic recyclate.

Claire Shrewsbury, WRAP’s Packaging Programme Manager said; “The plan will drive this kind of collaboration and strengthen links across the entire plastics supply chain, ensuring more valuable plastic is recycled into second life applications.”

Philip Law, BPF’s director general added: “Recycling is the absolutely essential component of the ‘sustainability story’. It’s a great achievement to secure an agreed document in an area which has become a political football.

“Plastics packaging recycling levels are a function of so many factors and the support of a very large number of organisations has to be harnessed to make significant progress.”

Organisations including Coca Cola Enterprises, the Food and Drinks Federation and Veolia have already pledged their support for the new plan.

Barry Turner, PAFA’s chief executive said: “Despite the ink on the final document being barely dry I am pleased to see that so many stakeholders have come forward. This looks promising for the next steps which need to focus on actions to support the achievement of these challenging targets”.

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