Plastic Packaging Ban Could Harm Environment

39
589

Plastic Packaging Ban Could Harm Environment

Consumer pressure to end plastic packaging in shops could actually be harming the environment, a report says.

Firms are swapping to other packaging materials which are potentially even worse for the environment, the cross-party Parliamentary group warns.

Glass bottles, for instance, are much heavier than plastic so are far more polluting to transport.

Paper bags tend to have higher carbon emissions than plastic bags – and are more difficult to re-use.

The change in packaging materials has been prompted by concern from shoppers about the impact of plastic waste in the oceans.

But the report’s authors say the consequences of using new materials has not been properly assessed.

Several supermarkets, for instance, are selling more drinks in coated cartons under the assumption that they can be recycled.

In fact, the Green Alliance says, the UK only has the facilities to recycle a third of the coated containers in circulation.

Compostable confusion

The group has been working with recycling organisations to survey shops’ anonymous responses to public anxiety about plastic polluting the oceans.

Its spokeswoman, Libby Peake, told BBC News: “A lot of shops are selling packaging described as biodegradable or compostable.

“In fact the items might only be composted in an industrial composter – and, even then, some items might not be fully digested.”

The report says: “Over 80% of consumers think biodegradable or compostable plastic is environmentally friendly, but there is little understanding of what the terms mean and how the material should be dealt with.

“Our interviewees wanted a clearer approach to where it should be used and how it should be marked to avoid confusing consumers and potentially causing more problems.”

The retailers worried that confusion could potentially harm the environment if people either put “compostable” plastic in with conventional plastic, or littered it, wrongly assuming it would biodegrade like an apple core.

Some companies that had tried using this type of plastic also suggested that the material did not degrade as expected in real world conditions.

One firm is quoted as saying: “Consumers are hugely confused about what bio-based, compostable and biodegradable mean.

“We are aware that [by switching from plastic to other materials] we may, in some cases, be increasing our carbon footprint.”

Another said: “If I could have a magic wand, I’d like to see more joined up, top-down government intervention… We would like to see government be braver.”

A different firm said: “Packaging technology innovations can be quite the competitive advantage in the current climate.”

Andrew Opie, from the British Retail Consortium, echoed calls for a clearer strategy.

He said: “All responsible retailers agree that climate change needs to be at the heart of their business, whether that is sourcing products or changing packaging.

“Plastic remains the most effective material in many circumstances – for example cucumbers wrapped in plastic last 14 days longer, reducing food waste.

“A coherent waste and resources strategy is one that prioritises reducing the environmental impact of the things we buy, not simply reducing plastic use.”

What the government is doing

The government published its resources and waste strategy in December 2018, and has conducted initial consultations on three policies: extended producer responsibility for packaging; introducing a deposit return system for drinks bottles; and bringing in greater consistency for recycling and waste collections.

Ministers say businesses will pay for 100% of costs for dealing with material when it becomes waste, as opposed to around 10% currently.

Consultations on the three topics are expected later this year, but the timeline for their implementation remains unclear, and the government has not confirmed if the deposit return will apply to all materials and container sizes.

The government has partially banned microbeads, and a ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds is set to come in later this year.

US Army Says Texts About Draft Are Fake

A ban on expanded polystyrene has also been mooted and the Treasury has promised to introduce a tax on plastic packaging that does not include at least 30% recycled content.

The UK has committed to adopting the EU’s Circular Economy Package, which includes much more stringent recycling targets, but has not committed to transposing the Single-Use Plastics Directive, which requires more widespread action on plastic reduction, including bans on plastic cutlery.

https://www.bbc.com

They have said, however, that they will meet or exceed whatever the EU does in this area.

It is also not clear if the UK will adopt the EU’s much more wide-ranging ban on microbeads

Plastic Packaging Ban Could Harm Environment

39 COMMENTS

  1. Hiya very nice site!! Man .. Excellent .. Wonderful .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds also…I am glad to search out so many useful info right here in the publish, we want work out extra strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing.

  2. I?d have to consult you below. Which is not something I normally do! I take pleasure in checking out a blog post that will make people think. Likewise, many thanks for enabling me to comment!

  3. What’s Taking place i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It absolutely helpful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & help different users like its aided me. Good job.

  4. Great blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your theme. Cheers

  5. I am curious to find out what blog system you have been using? I’m having some small security issues with my latest blog and I’d like to find something more safeguarded. Do you have any solutions?

  6. naturally like your website however you need to check the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very bothersome to tell the reality nevertheless I will surely come again again.

  7. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do some research about this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such excellent info being shared freely out there.

  8. Thanks for your write-up. I also think laptop computers have grown to be more and more popular right now, and now are sometimes the only kind of computer found in a household. It is because at the same time that they’re becoming more and more very affordable, their processing power is growing to the point where they’re as powerful as personal computers from just a few years ago.

  9. This web site is actually a walk-through for all of the details you desired regarding this and didn?t know that to ask. Glance right here, and also you?ll most definitely find it.

  10. Get help to stop drinking. Helping women quit drinking alcohol. Coach Mary Wagstaff. Feel better, mind, body and soul. Mindfulness based coaching and alcohol recovery. Yoga for recovery.

  11. Hi would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with? I’m planning to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a difficult time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Sorry for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  12. hello!,I like your writing so a lot! share we be in contact more approximately your post on AOL? I need a specialist in this area to solve my problem. May be that’s you! Having a look forward to see you.

  13. Hello! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good success. If you know of any please share. Thank you!

  14. I simply couldn’t depart your website prior to suggesting that I actually enjoyed the standard info an individual supply on your visitors? Is going to be again frequently in order to inspect new posts.

  15. I’m sorry for the huge evaluation, however I’m actually loving the brand new Zune, as well as hope this, along with the excellent evaluations another people wrote, can help you determine if it is the proper choice for you.

  16. One important thing is that when you are searching for a education loan you may find that you will want a cosigner. There are many circumstances where this is correct because you could find that you do not employ a past credit ranking so the lender will require that you have someone cosign the financing for you. Great post.

  17. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your website. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Exceptional work!

  18. This may be the right weblog for everyone who wishes to learn about this topic. You already know a lot its practically not easy to argue together with you (not too I actually would want…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin using a topic thats been discussed for decades. Fantastic stuff, just wonderful!

  19. Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your web-site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you’ve on this site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for more articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched everywhere and simply could not come across. What an ideal web-site.

  20. Magnificent beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your website, how could i subscribe for a blog web site? The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  21. Hello, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam feedback? If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can advise? I get so much lately it’s driving me mad so any assistance is very much appreciated.

  22. An interesting conversation deserves comment. I think that you need to write much more on this topic, it may not be a frowned on topic but normally people are insufficient to talk on such subjects. To the following. Thanks

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here