British manufacturing companies can expect a steady stream of “valuable plastic material” for use in their operations, if the British Plastics Federation Recycling Group (BPFRG) has its way. The group is launching a strategy that will use both industry-led initiatives and regulation in the hopes of improving plastic recycling in the UK.
The strategy aims to encourage the development of the UK plastic recycling industry and keep valuable plastic material in the UK so it can be used by the manufacturing sector. The group calls for a split plastic packaging recycling target that increases over time — the split would be between UK-based recycling and exporting.
The BPFRG also proposes creating an investment fund to help develop new technology, using funding from extended producer responsibility, landfill tax or a minimum price for PRN/PERN.
The strategy calls for standards for all grades of plastic feedstock for the UK or export market to create high quality material for recyclers, intended to create demand for the recycled products produced using public procurement and procurement from large corporate companies.
The BPFRG will also be collaborating with retailers, brand owners, and other groups across the value chain that are part of the Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan (PIRAP) to examine the barriers that prevent certain plastics from being recycled.
The ways in which commercial and industrial industries treat plastics and recycling will continue to play an important part in how businesses are striving for a truly circular economy, said Angus MacDonald MSP, at a March event at the Scottish Parliament hosted by the British Plastics Federation and PlasticsEurope. “The challenge of closing the loop whilst protecting the environment and conserving valuable resources provides incentives for positive innovation and change,” he said.