Plastic packaging recycling in the UK must double in the next five years according to national plastics recycling campaign, Pledge 4 Plastics, the new government-backed cross-industry partnership launched today (8 September).
With recycling levels plateauing and challenging recycling targets for packaging waste for the period 2013-17, plastic packaging recycling levels need to double over a five year period, according to the steering group.
Increasing household plastic packaging recycling will be pivotal to achieving these targets, it says, and that without intervention, the UK will fall short and PRN prices and costs to businesses will rise.
With all UK local authorities providing service provision for recycling of plastic bottles, the Pledge 4 Plastics campaign is urging people to make a promise to recycle just one extra plastic bottle per household each week using their existing services.
With the current household plastic bottle-recycling rate of only 58 percent, there is vast potential for increased collections.
Dan Rogerson – “The UK has made tremendous progress on recycling over the last 10 years, building a stronger circular economy and greener society, and this reflects a lot of hard work from industry and local authorities, alongside a desire from residents to do more”
The campaign will aim to help the householder to remember that not only are water and milk bottles recyclable, but other plastics from around the house are too. Shampoo bottles, shower gels, bleach and cooking oil, as well as food pots, tubs and trays will all be highlighted by the campaign.
Resources Management Minister Dan Rogerson said: “The UK has made tremendous progress on recycling over the last 10 years, building a stronger circular economy and greener society, and this reflects a lot of hard work from industry and local authorities, alongside a desire from residents to do more.
“This is another great initiative to boost the recycling of plastic packaging which has our full and ongoing support – I’ve already made my pledge and encourage others to sign-up to do their bit.”
To highlight the many ways plastic can be given a new life if recycled correctly, renowned interior designer Abigail Ahern has created her first ever bespoke phone cover, which is made from 80 percent recycled plastic bottles.
One thousand limited edition phone covers have been designed exclusively for Pledge 4 Plastics, to reward those who register their support online throughout September at pledge4plastics.co.uk, tweet @pledge4plastics, or like the Facebook page (pledge4plastics) and share the posts.