Gove sets out goals for a cross-sector plastic packaging plan

Gove sets out goals for a cross-sector plastic packaging plan

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has called for a cross-sector plan to tackle the challenges posed by plastic packaging at a ‘Plastics Roundtable’ with industry leaders last Friday (1 December).

In light of growing public concern over levels of plastic pollution, with some eight million tonnes entering the marine environment every year, Gove met with leaders from retailers, brands, manufacturers and representative organisations to outline the questions he wants to see addressed, including how to increase the recyclability of plastics and how to solve ‘on the go’ waste issues.

In particular, Gove informed the assembled industry leaders that among the challenges he wanted to see addressed in a cross-sector plan were how to achieve greater recycling and recyclability of plastics, how to reduce the range of polymers used in plastics production to aid this, how to incentivise producers and consumers, how to address issues of ‘on the go’ waste and how to increase value chain understanding and cohesion.