Friday, January 20, 2012

FPA says targets for recycling plastic food packaging are ‘unachievable’

At last week's Foodservice Packaging Association’s annual Environment Seminar, delegates from companies representing the UK’s packaging producers were asked in a poll whether Defra’s proposals to increase targets for the recycling of plastic packaging to 57% by 2017 could be achieved. None of the respondents, not one, felt that the 57% target was realistic.

The Foodservice Packaging Association represents 126 companies from across the UK food packaging industry, most of whom were present at last week's event.

Recycling minister Lord Taylor had addressed the seminar, describing the targets set out in the packaging consultation as “stretching but achievable,” and calling for the industry to reduce ‘unnecessary packaging’ and increase recycling rates.