UK supermarkets launch voluntary pledge to cut plastic packaging waste
Category: #retail  By Paroma Bhattacharya  Date: 2018-04-28
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UK supermarkets launch voluntary pledge to cut plastic packaging waste

Renowned supermarkets and food businesses based in the UK have seemingly initiated a voluntary pledge to curb plastic packaging wastes. The move, as per sources, may have plausibly come in the wake of the plastic waste crisis faced across myriad geographies as on today.

The UK Plastics Pact is an industry-wide initiative that has been signed by some of the country’s largest supermarkets as a response to increasing public outrage over the huge volumes of plastic rubbish these supermarkets are producing. The Pact aims at reducing avoidable plastic waste.

Apparently, forty-two businesses that include Waitrose, Tesco, Morrisons, Lidl, Sainsbury’s, and Aldi have supported the new pledge which aspires to reuse, recycle and compost all plastic packaging by 2025. Michael Gove, the environment secretary, reportedly said that plastic wastes can be eradicated only when public, business and government work together. He expressed his delight over the pledge and added that cutting excess plastics from reaching supermarket shelves should be the first step in handling the crisis.

Gove had previously announced a plan to incentivize beverage container recycling with a deposit return scheme. Many retailers including coffee chains, have announced their own plans on handling the recycling of disposable cups.

The pledge comes at a time when ministers have been considering the Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) scheme. The scheme could have forced supermarkets to pay more to clean the plastic waste they create. UK supermarkets pay the least among all European countries to recycle their plastic waste. According to documents released through freedom of information laws, the same supermarkets had strongly lobbied against paying more for waste recycling.

Reliable sources quoted environmental consultant Dr. Dominic Hogg to have said that to meet the goal of recycling 70% of packaging, the agreement should not be made voluntary. Instead it should be made a legislative policy as plastic waste is far too critical an issue to be tackled by a voluntary pact.



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