WRAP's plastic hit list

WRAP, the body overseeing The UK Plastics Pact, has published a list of eight problematic or unnecessary single-use plastics that Pact members will be expected to remove from the shelf by the end of 2020.

The eight for elimination are accompanied by a second list of nineteen plastic items which are to be prioritised for action to tackle problems associated with them by 2025.

Peter Maddox, director WRAP, noted: “The fundamental way industry can support this public desire is by addressing the issues that lead to plastic packaging being problematic. So for every item of packaging, we need to consider whether plastic is the right material choice, or indeed if the packaging is required at all. In many cases, plastic may be the best material choice from an environmental perspective. The items listed today are priorities for UK Plastics Pact members, and the onus is on those members to implement changes, urgently.”

In total, 76 businesses, across the whole supply chain are now signed up to achieve the four UK Plastics Pact targets by 2025.

WRAP is now developing action plans with UK Plastics Pact members to ensure that progress is made and the lists will be kept under constant review to ensure the target of eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging is met by 2025.

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