UK alliance forms to defend plastic bags

Anthony Clark

Published: November 26, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Public Policy, Packaging, Film & Sheet

LONDON (Nov. 26, 10:50 a.m. ET) — An industry coalition has been formed to put the ‘science over spin’ case in support of plastics bags to both the Scottish and United Kingdom parliaments.

The alliance, which comprises the Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA), the Packaging and Films Association (Pafa), the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) and the British Plastics Association (BPF), has called on Richard Lochhead in Scotland and Lord De Mauley in England to abandon any ideas of introducing mandatory charges on carrier bags.

“There is no evidence to support the frequent suggestions that introducing bag charges delivers overall environmental benefits or that in some way restricting the numbers of carrier bags in use will make consumers more environmentally-conscious in other areas of their lives,” said Barry Turner, Pafa’s chief executive.

The group, which aims to build upon the work carried out by Pafa’s Carrier Bag Consortium (CBC), said that Government and the popular press should be highlighting the success of the industry’s voluntary approach to reducing bag use rather than look at ways to hit the consumer with an additional tax on their shopping.

“We intend to be proactive in showing the convenience and environmental benefits of carrier bags, but remind people that there are far more pressing and important sustainability issues to be tackled,” explained Peter Davis, director general of the BPF.

The group believes CEOs of major retailers understand that carrier bags are not a significant contributor to their environmental impacts and it therefore suggests the voluntary code on reduction should be more widely adopted.

The lobby body therefore intends to provide the public, industry and Government with accurate information on bags and their impacts in the hope that a mandated tax can be avoided.


Comments

UK alliance forms to defend plastic bags

Anthony Clark

Published: November 26, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Report: Suspected former Nazi with plastic connection collecting Social Security

October 20, 2014 3:52 pm ET

AKRON, OHIO — A one-time plastics executive in Akron is among dozens of suspected former Nazis who have been collecting U.S. Social Security...    More

Image

PolyOne denies report it's bidding for Klöckner Pentaplast

October 16, 2014 11:44 am ET

UPDATED — Compounding leader PolyOne Corp. is denying a report that it bid as much as $2 billion for film and sheet major Klöckner Pentaplast...    More

Image

New Amcor, Method project taking sustainability to a platinum level

October 16, 2014 11:28 am ET

Amcor Rigid Plastics will have a bottle production operation within a factory which is aiming to be the world's first LEED platinum certified...    More

Image

Dow seeking new ruling on fine

October 16, 2014 6:58 am ET

Dow Chemical Co. has asked the 10th Circuit Appeals Court in Denver to think again about its decision to reject Dow's appeal against a $1.1 billion...    More

Image

Peiyu looks at Vietnam expansion

October 15, 2014 11:21 am ET

Taiwanese packaging firm Peiyu Plastics Corp. is making a big bet on Vietnam, with plans to significantly upgrade its factory there to tap local marke...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events