New research will help improve plastic and metal market transparency

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Source: WRAP

Banbury, UK — WRAP and Valpak are set to work together on two new projects that will review existing estimates of market flows and recycling levels for plastic and metal packaging in the UK.  The „MetalFlow 2014“ project, will review estimates of metal packaging (steel and aluminium) placed on the market in the UK, with separate assessments of the amount of recycling and reprocessing. The „Plastic Market Flow 2014“ project will review estimates of the amount of plastic packaging placed on the market.

This work is being undertaken to improve market transparency and information on plastic and metal packaging recovery and recycling in the UK and identifying and evaluating possible risks to UK compliance this year, and in subsequent years. Commissioned by Defra, the projects will be led jointly by WRAP and Valpak. They will work collectively with industry, drawing on the knowledge and data from trade bodies and other stakeholders including the Advisory Committee on Packaging (APC) and The Environment Agency.

An unbiased and authoritative analysis

Marcus Gover, Director at WRAP said: „Data is key to achieving clarity. We need the support and input from the industry, and ask them to share their data so that these projects can provide an unbiased and authoritative analysis of the metal and plastic packaging markets. Once complete, these projects will provide a sound basis for decisions that could enable increased recovery and recycling of packaging in the UK.“

Dan Rogerson, Environment Minister at Defra, said: „I fully support WRAP“s proposed programme of work to review data underpinning our packaging recycling targets. I want us to have the most robust and comprehensive data available on which to make decisions.“

Essential information to stakeholders
Steve Gough, Valpak CEO, went on to underline the importance of this work to the whole sector, Government and others: „We felt that this work was of sufficient importance to commit time and resource to the project. We also believe that it must engage the support of key stakeholders, to whom this information is essential, in terms of planning for cost effective UK compliance, identifying any barriers to more effective collection and recycling and ensuring that the UK is best placed to comply with EU targets and to do so at lowest cost to industry.“

The „Metalflow 2014“ project commenced in early 2014; key stakeholders have been recruited to a project steering group which held its first meeting in February. The „Plastic Market Flow 2014“ project will commence in March 2014. The scope of the project is currently being finalised and the project steering group that will comprise of key stakeholders is now being recruiting. A review of glass packaging has already been completed via the GlassFlow project and where appropriate, similar methodologies will be established for metal and plastic packaging materials.

Source: Waste Action and Resources Programme (WRAP)