Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has produced a UK Plastics Pact. The aim of the pact is to reduce problem plastics in UK circulation.
What is the UK Plastics Pact?WRAP acknowledges the benefits of plastic in our everyday lives, but states that their impact on the environment is detrimental, and needs to be addressed. The pact members include a huge range of UK businesses, NGOs, local authorities, and citizens. The members make up 85% of those selling plastic packaging through UK supermarkets. The focus is to tackle problematic or unnecessary plastic. It is problematic or unnecessary when its use is avoidable as reusable options are available, if it is not recyclable or hampers the recycling process, or if it pollutes the environment. WRAP has listed eight main problematic plastics that need to be eliminated. These are:
- Disposable plastic cutlery
- All polystyrene packaging
- Cotton buds with plastic stems
- Plastic stirrers
- Oxo-degradables that break down to create microplastics
- Plastic straws
- PVC packaging
- Disposable plastic plates and bowls
- To eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative delivery models.
- To make 100% of plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
- To achieve a national recycling rate of 70 per cent for plastic packaging.
- To achieve an average of 30 per cent recycled content across all plastic packaging.