Last week saw the launch of the Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan (PIRAP) by Plastics 2020, a campaign sponsored by British Plastics Federation (BPF), Packaging and Films Association (PAFA), PlasticsEurope, and Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
The objective of PIRAP is to achieve targets set by the government, including the percentage of plastic packaging to be recycled by 2017, by developing a sustainable plastics recycling sector here in the UK.
As firm believers in sustainability, the Plasgran team is thrilled with the initiative and intend to fully support it. PIRAP outlines a co-operative strategy for the plastic packaging supply chain that identifies areas for improvement, such as the development of end markets for plastic recyclates, collection methods and rates, sorting infrastructure and design.
For the full benefits of plastics recycling to be realised, the entire supply chain must work together. Regulatory environment has to be correctly adjusted, and any regulatory drivers preventing achievement of the targets must be overcome.
The initiative states that PIRAP requires funding to enable local authorities to refresh and extend existing collections. This is because local authorities are responsible for managing collection of end-of-life plastics packaging from households.
PIRAP was initiated by WRAP through consultation with all stakeholders, from national and local government, obligated users, recyclers, converters, producers and the waste management industry. Major players involved include Coca Cola Enterprises, British Retail Consortium and British Polythene Industries.