A round up of the latest waste industry news

Drinks Packaging Deposit Return Scheme

A new survey by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) found that around 72% of people would support a deposit return scheme in the UK for aluminium cans and plastic & glass drinks bottles.  This shows high levels of support amongst those surveyed (YouGov surveyed 3,386 people for the poll).

The results of the survey followed an announcement made by Michael Gove, former Environment Secretary, in which he backed an ‘all-in’ deposit return scheme, which he believed would give consumers the greatest possible incentive to recycle.

Alternative Plastics Review

The government is calling for evidence to help develop standards for biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastics, and an understanding of their environmental impacts.

Around 80 million tonnes of plastic packaging is produced per year, with 95% lost to the economy after a first-use.

As part of the consultation, the government want to identify gaps and provide advice on the overall suitability of biodegradable and bio-based plastics.

View the open consultation

Earth Overshoot Day

29th July was Earth Overshoot Day – the day when consumption overtakes the time needed to regenerate and renew resources that year.  The UK’s overshoot day was on 17th May.

Global Footprint Network say there are significant opportunities to be found in cities, energy, food, population, and planet to push back the Earth Overshoot Day.  They say that cutting CO2 emissions from fossil fuel burning by 50% would move the date back by 93 days.

Find out more.

Plastics Pact Review

UK Plastics Pact members are being encouraged to remove and eliminate ‘hard to recycle’ plastic packaging materials, including PVC, from their product ranges by the end of 2020.

WRAP is also encouraging signatories to remove products including plastic straws, disposable plastic cutlery, and cotton buds with plastic stems in the same timescale.

WRAP has also published its definitions of unnecessary or problematic plastics, this is plastic that is avoidable, or an alternative is available, can’t be recycled or hinders the recycling process, or material that is commonly littered or pollutes the environment.