Food businesses throw weight behind plastic pollution pledge

Morrisons pledges draft of measures to cut down on plastic

Morrisons pledges draft of measures to cut down on plastic

The UK Plastics Pact was launched by sustainability experts WRAP in order to tackle the growing issue of plastic waste.

Signatories to the pact include numerous UK's biggest supermarkets, as well as worldwide companies like Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola.

"Unnecessary" single-use plastic packaging will be a thing of the past as businesses sign up to a world-first pact, which aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the United Kingdom and keep plastic in the economy and out of the ocean.

The move has been welcomed by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who said: 'Our ambition to eliminate avoidable plastic waste will only be realised if government, businesses and the public work together.

What does the pact involve?

Ministers are considering changes to the way retailers and supermarkets contribute to the collection and recycling of their waste, known as the Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) scheme, the Guardian reported. In addition, 15 other organisations have also shown their commitment to the Pact.

The consequences of plastic have come under close scrutiny in the United Kingdom following the broadcast of the BBC television series Blue Planet II, which focused on the devastating impact on marine life.

Britvic, chief marketing officer, Matt Barwell, said its plastic drinks packaging is recyclable in the United Kingdom system and carries the on-pack-recycling-label to encourage consumers to recycle.

"Business is right to listen to consumer concerns about plastics pollution. At the same time, we continue to invest in R&D to investigate the use of alternative sustainable materials to package our products".

WRAP intends the UK Plastics Pact to be replicated in other countries as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative.

"This bold new pact will bring together businesses, policymakers and the public to create a circular economy for plastics that tackles the causes of plastics waste and pollution, not just the symptoms".

Under the pledge, the businesses, including Sainsbury's, Nestlé and Coca-Cola, have also agreed to make 100% of their plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable and to ensure 70% is effectively recycled or composted.

She added that to that to achieve the demanding targets will require a focus on innovation, better packaging design, and investment in end-of-use systems. "We encourage others around the world to help drive this momentum towards finding global solutions to what is a global problem". "We must there ensure that this pact creates the highest quality recycled plastic to make it possible to meet the 30% recycled content target". OPRL members are at the heart of this initiative.

· Fitting drinking water fountains into new stores. "Expect more announcements from us soon!" "For our part we accept our responsibilities and are working hard to reduce the use of plastic across our business".

The full list of members to the pact can be found here.

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