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Commitment signed to reduce single use plastics

We have become a signatory of the UK Plastics Pact - committing us to a clear intent on challenging the prevalence of single-use plastics which impact the quality of our environment.

The UK Plastics Pact aims to transform the UK's plastic packaging system to keep plastic in the economy and out of our environment.  It was launched earlier this year with the support of Dame Ellen McArthur. 

It will encompass innovation, research and new business models to rethink and redesign what packaging we put on the market and how we can encourage more reuse.

Signatories, including Coca Cola, Aldi, Unilever and Marks and Spencer and organisations including Recoup, The British Plastics Federation, Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Government, have committed to an ambitious set of targets for 2025, to:

  • Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (re-use) delivery models.
  • 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable
  • 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted
  • 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging

We are already working hard on the issues around single-use plastics which end up as litter, because we know that they make up a large proportion of the litter and flytipping which we are recording an increasing amount of each year.

Our Chief Executive Derek Robertson said, “Annually, we support thousands of volunteers and hundreds of community groups to remove litter from the environment, so we are well aware of the plastic pollution challenge facing Scotland and further afield.  Our work this year will focus on engaging people with the issue through bespoke behaviour change and education interventions in partnership with a number of organisations and community groups.

“Scotland has proactively set out a series of actions to reduce plastic cotton buds, straws, microbeads and packaging which we have welcomed, but more needs to be done to tackle the growing issue of litter in our country.  We look forward to working with those signed up to the UK Plastic Pact to achieve our ambitions for a cleaner, greener, more sustainable Scotland."

07 June 2018

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