The Liberal Democrats have published their 2019 general election manifesto, pledging to eliminate all non-recyclable single-use plastics within three years
The manifesto also outlines plans to introduce a 70 per cent statutory recycling target in England, end plastic waste exports by 2030 and extend separate food waste collections to at least 90 per cent of homes by 2030.
The Green Party’s 2019 general election manifesto, entitled ‘If not now, when?’, includes plans to ban the production of single-use plastics for use in packaging and invest in research and development into alternatives to plastic.
The Greens plan to extend the plastic bag tax to cover plastic bottles, single-use plastics and microplastics, and also extend plastic bottle deposit schemes.
The manifesto is focused around the Green New Deal, which will reduce emissions by driving a circular economy and developing renewable energies. As part of the Green New Deal, the Green Party pledge to invest £100 billion a year for the next decade to focus on climate action.
A group of farm plastic collectors have announced the creation of the UK Farm Plastic Responsibility Scheme (UKFPRS) which will start in January 2020.
The scheme will see farm plastic collection companies – including Farm XS and Agri-cycle in England, Emerald Isle Recycling in Northern Ireland and Birch Plastics in Wales – come together to improve the recycling of farm plastics such as crop covers and silage wraps.
UKFPRS will be open to all UK farm plastic collectors, will operate on a not-for-profit basis and will be funded by the collectors.
UK supermarket Morrisons has announced that it will be removing black plastic from all of its own brand food and drink packaging.
The supermarket will replace almost 4,000 tonnes of black plastic with a recyclable plastic containing at least 85 per cent recycled content, as part of the company’s aim for all packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
EU-level trade association European Plastics Converters (EuPC) has launched a new online platform, entitled ‘Monitoring Recyclates for Europe (MORE)’, to monitor the uptake of recycled polymers in the UK.
The platform is designed to track the volume of recycled polymers used by plastics-converting companies to create new products, reflecting the UK’s progress in the uptake of recycled polymers.
British plastics-converting companies can register and submit the volumes of recycled polymers used in their products to help the industry move towards reaching the EU target of 10 million tonnes of recycled polymers being used annually between 2025 and 2030.
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The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has announced the appointment of a new Trustee Board comprising a new presidential team and seven trustees.
Trevor Nicoll, who is currently Assistant Director for Waste and Special Projects at Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils, will take over from Enda Kiernan as CIWM President.
The presidential team will also include Senior Vice-President Adam Read, Junior Vice-President Anna Willetts, Immediate Past President Enda Kiernan and CIWM Honorary Treasurer John Kutner.
Consumers are prepared to pay more for packaging with less plastic