Public wants ‘national standard’ for packaging recycling

A survey of more than 6,000 UK citizens has revealed that 44 per cent would would like to see all packaging made 100 per cent recyclable, so that a consistent set of materials can be recycled at the kerbside wherever you are in the country.

The survey was commissioned by UK organisations the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN), and also reveal that a majority (53 per cent) of people are either ‘a little more’ or ‘much more’ concerned about the impact of packaging waste than they were last year.

This increase was no doubt influenced by increased media coverage of the plastic waste crisis in the UK and its impact on developing countries. The results of the survey will be used to inform national policy and programmes like the UK Plastics Pact, whose members are aiming to make their packaging 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

WRAP UK’s Director, Peter Maddox, said: “It is important to remember that well designed packaging is very effective, and demonising it is not helpful. So it is heartening to see that almost half of respondents want to see packaging that is fully recyclable as their topmost action.”