The Resource Association says the decision-makers in the supply chain must take note after a public opinion survey shows clear public support for the use of recycled content in plastic bottles and legislation to require manufacturers to use recycled content.
Conducted by respected pollsters, YouGov, the online survey of 2,006 people across Great Britain revealed 68% of adults supported an increase in the price of a two pint plastic milk bottle by 0.1p in order to ensure that bottles were made from at least 30% recycled material and then recycled after use.
38% strongly supported and 30% “tended to support”. Only10% of adults opposed.
In the same survey, 71% of adults would support the Government introducing legislation to require manufacturers/producers using a minimum amount of recycled content in products with plastic packaging (37% strongly support, 34% tend to support). Only 6% of adults opposed.
Ray Georgeson, Resource Association – “The decision-makers in the supply chain must take note, wake up and act to support UK reprocessing through the storm of low oil prices and the turbulence this is causing to the sustainability of the UK plastic milk bottle processing infrastructure”
Ray Georgeson, chief executive of the Resource Association said: “The great British public ‘gets’ recycling, and is sending a clear signal to industry and retailers alike – they support the UK plastics recycling industry and would support the fractional additional cost of 0.1p on a two pint plastic milk bottle that it will take to sustain reprocessing of recycled plastic milk bottles in the UK.
“Interestingly, the public also support the idea of legislating to ensure that recycled content is used in plastic packaging.”
“The decision-makers in the supply chain must take note, wake up and act to support UK reprocessing through the storm of low oil prices and the turbulence this is causing to the sustainability of the UK plastic milk bottle processing infrastructure.”
“The public agrees with many in the industry that 0.1p a bottle is clearly a small price to pay for a sustainable recycling sector.
“It requires nothing more than those who made this important voluntary commitment – a commitment upon which our reprocessing infrastructure has been built – to fulfill their pledges under the Dairy Roadmap and Courtauld Commitment.
“They could do it this working day, and stem the growing uncertainty.”
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) earlier this week expressed its concern at the impact of reduced oil prices in the UK plastics recycling Industry.
BPF Director-General Philip Law – “That the carbon saving and resource efficiency benefits of plastic products has been enhanced by the increased levels of plastics recycling seen today”
Areas of plastics recycling are becoming uncompetitive, according to the BPF, and this is threatening not only the viability of businesses but also, potentially, the recycling record of the whole supply chain.
The BPF called on companies in the downstream supply chain, when considering their materials selection policies, to keep to the fore the fact that high recycling targets have to be met under the Packaging Waste (Producer Responsibility) Regulations and that many individual Corporate Social Responsibility programmes support increased recycling levels.
BPF Director-General Philip Law said: “The carbon saving and resource efficiency benefits of plastic products has been enhanced by the increased levels of plastics recycling seen today.
“Plastics recycling is an essential component of the whole chain’s sustainability message and we should not allow our record to regress”.