The complex challenges we must unpick
Flexible plastic packaging is generally a resource efficient material; it’s lightweight and can play an important role in protecting food from becoming waste however the system for recycling this material in the UK is fragmented.
A coordinated effort involving the entire value chain is required to fix the system to create a circular economy for flexible plastic packaging.
The scale of the challenge
We must focus our efforts in:
Designing packaging that can be recycled and sorted.
In the short term, increasing the number of front of store collection points provided by many supermarkets.
In the long term, implementing collection at kerbside in all local authority areas.
Investing in sorting and reprocessing capacity and capabilities.
Ensuring recycled flexible plastic packaging has strong and stable end markets.
Essential guidance for businesses
Creating a circular economy for flexible plastic packaging
Recycling your customers' plastic bags and wrapping
Non-mechanical recycling of plastic
Non-mechanical recycling technologies may be vital in achieving not only the 70% effective recycling rate but also enabling the average 30% recycled content of packaging.
Non-mechanical recycling - the opportunities and challenges
Essential viewing for businesses looking to gain knowledge and understanding of the potential opportunities for materials which are hard to recycle via mechanical recycling.