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Plastic Food Packaging Waste

This POST note outlines the main options for reducing packaging waste (removing, reusing, replacing and recycling plastics) and examines the potential to combine them into a coordinated waste strategy.

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Plastic packaging is widely used in the food sector but plastic waste in the environment is a growing consumer concern. This POSTnote outlines the main options for reducing packaging waste (removing, reusing, replacing and recycling plastics) and examines the potential to combine them into a coordinated waste strategy.

Acknowledgements

POSTnotes are based on literature reviews and interviews with a range of stakeholders and are externally peer reviewed. POST would like to thank interviewees and peer reviewers for kindly giving up their time during the preparation of this briefing, including:

  • James Winpenny, Linda Crichton and Robert Vaughan DEFRA*
  • Sanjay Patel and David Harding Brown, The Packaging Collective*
  • Carole Taylor, The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC)*
  • Andy Rees, Welsh Government
  • David Newman, Bio-based and biodegradable industries association (BBIA)*
  • Lucy Frankel, Vegware*
  • Professor Margaret Bates, University of Northampton*
  • Professor Helen Hailes, University College London*
  • Professor John Ward, University College London*
  • Dr Teresa Domenech, University College London* 
  • Dr Sally Beken, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
  • Richard Kirkman and Nadiya Catel-Arutyunova, Veolia*
  • Dr Adam Reed, SUEZ*
  • Erik Lindroth, Tetra Pak*
  • Helen Munday and David Bellamy, Food and Drink Federation (FDF)*
  • Sian Sunderland and Frankie Gillard, A Plastic Planet*
  • Patrick Mahon, WRAP
  • Liz Goodwin, World Resources Institute (WRI)*
  • Professor Michael Norton, European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)*
  • Professor Andrew Dove, University of Birmingham*
  • Stuart Lendrum, Iceland
  • Julieta Cuneo and Jacob Ainscough, Policy Connect*
  • Hans van Bochove and Nick Brown, Coca-Cola European Partners*
  • Dr Deborah Beck, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures*
  • Dr Thomas Webb, University of Sheffield*
  • Dr Rukayya Muazu, University of Sheffield*
  • Dr Sarah Greenwood, University of Sheffield*
  • Benjamin Punchard, Mintel
  • Rob Thompson and Ian Ferguson, The Co-op
  • Martin Kersh, Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA)
  • Mark Shaw, Parkside Flexibles*
  • Kate Avgarska, Thorntons Budgens*
  • Tom Pell, The Clean Kilo*
  • Neil Whittal and Adrian Pratt, The Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG)
  • Anthony Wilson, Food Standards Agency (FSA)
  • Abigail Green, Anthony Avella and Glenn Fleetwood, UK Parliament Environment Team
  • Richard Burnett, James Cropper
  • Cecile Hourse, Terracycle*
  • Dr Alvin Orbaek White, Swansea University*
  • Adrian Haworth and Bronwen Jameson, Recycling Technologies*
  • Jacob Hayler, Environmental Services Association (ESA)*
  • Ian Jamie, Staeger Packaging*
  • Adam Robinson and Will Mercer, Coveris*
  • Andrew Sweetman, Futamura (UK)

 

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Original article link: https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0605

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