Find out more about the Plastic Packaging Tax

How will the Plastic Packaging Tax affect recycled plastic packaging?

With the Plastic Packaging Tax looming, Cambrian Packaging is more committed than ever to raising awareness of plastics recycling and providing brands with a choice of recycled plastic containers.

What is the Plastic Packaging Tax?

The Plastic Packaging Tax will take effect from April 2022, and will apply to plastic packaging produced in, or imported into the UK that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic. Plastic packaging is defined as packaging that is predominantly plastic by weight.

Ecycle™ recycled plastic containers

We believe the best approach to tackling the challenge of reducing our reliance on fossil resources,  as the main ingredient in plastic packaging, is to collect used conventional petro-chemical-based plastics and recycle them for further use. In 2017, we responded to growing international concern over sustainability by designing Ecycle™ – a new breed of recycled plastic containers and spray bottles made from recycled High-density Polyethylene (rHDPE).

How can we create more recycled plastic spray bottles?

By giving used plastics new life (such as in the form of recycled plastic spray bottles), the global littering problem can be addressed, less plastic will pollute our seas and the value of used packaging with potential for re-use can be maximised, rather than the waste items being incinerated or sent to landfill.

Cambrian Packaging is committed to change, and our methods demonstrate that plastic is not a problem if efficient recycling is embraced. We hope to see further improvements in the UK’s domestic recycling capacity, aided by better consumer education about how and why materials should be recycled.

We know that real progress can only be made if Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) polymer is consistently available to manufacturers, so rapid expansion of the UK plastics recycling sector will be essential to establish sufficient supply ahead of the proposed Plastic Packaging Tax and for us as a nation and society to make tangible progress toward sustainability. This may require significant corporate and government investment, and as a company we look forward to such moves in the near future to better aid suppliers, manufacturers and consumers in their desire to reduce plastic pollution.

More and more brands are waking up to the importance of choosing recycled plastic containers made from at least 30% recycled material. For more information about how we can help your brand to achieve its recycled packaging targets ahead of the tax, call our experts on 01686 611 360.

What can consumers do to help?

If we’re all better educated about what types of plastics can be recycled, this will speed up our progress towards the circular economy. All modern plastic items have their resin identification code moulded in during production (this is usually displayed on the bottom of the product in the case of bottles, tubs, pails etc). There are seven categories, which are listed below:

recycled plastic

Bioplastic and 'bio-degradable' plastic is not the answer!

Bio-based plastic (sometimes called bioplastic) is usually made from starch, vegetable fats and oils, agricultural waste and woodchips. This material is seen as eco-friendly, but in fact packaging and other items manufactured in this material still form part of the littering issue and there are also global concerns that land used to produce crops for processing into polymer should be growing food.

With the inclusion of certain additives, conventional plastic can be made to biodegrade at an accelerated rate; this material is often called ‘bio-degradable plastic’ but in reality, it usually requires treatment in specialised industrial composting facilities. Decomposition in the natural state does take place at a faster rate than standard plastics but nowhere near fast enough for these products to avoid becoming litter or polluting our oceans. Some ‘bio-degradable’ plastics also give off gas as they decompose, this is an undesirable characteristic with its own problems.

The main issue with ‘bio-degradable plastic’ is that products made from this material are indistinguishable from conventional plastic and once they find their way into feedstocks for recycling, their inclusion severely mitigates the effectiveness of the process and renders the whole batch fit for landfill only. This characteristic renders the material a threat to increasing the amount of recycling we can achieve.

Our belief is that the collection and reprocessing of conventional plastic waste for further use as a constituent in the manufacture of plastic packaging is the best way forward.

recycled plastics

Our commitments

Cambrian Packaging has been externally certified to meet the stringent criteria of ISO 14001:2015. Please view our current certification here www.cambrianpackaging.co.uk/accreditations.

We are also a recognised Recycle Now partner, and for the past two years we’ve supported Recycle Week. The next event of this type is Recycle Week 2021, scheduled for 21st – 27th September. 

Recycle Now is the national recycling campaign for England, supported and funded by Government, managed by WRAP, and is used locally by over 90% of English authorities.

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