WRAP Name 8 Plastic Products on Their ‘Should Be Banned’ Hit List
A report released by the waste reduction charity WRAP says there are eight plastic items that should be removed from shelves by the end of next year as part of the UK pledge to reduce the usage of single-use plastic.
The eight items aren’t the only things that WRAP say should be avoided, reused, redesigned, recycled, or composted; another 19 items made it on to a second list that it says should be ‘actively investigated.’
WRAP’S hit list
The eight items that WRAP say should be eliminated are:
Disposable plastic cutlery
All polystyrene packaging
Cotton buds with plastic stems
Oxo-degradable that break down into microplastics
Disposable plastic plates and bowls
The 19 items WRAP say should be investigated are:
Plastic bags, including carrier bags and fresh produce bags
Plastic film packaging e.g. crisps, fruit and vegetable film packaging
Multi-layer non-recyclable plastics e.g. pouches
Multi-pack rings for canned drinks
Multi-veg/fruit net bags e.g. for citrus fruits and some vegetables
Multi-buy bulk wrapping e.g. multi pack crisps packaging and tins
PVC cling film
Single-use drinks bottles
Non-recyclable coloured plastics (including carbon black plastic e.g. some ready-meal trays, premium meat trays, some prepacked fish trays)
Fruit and veg punnets/trays e.g. grape, tomato, mushroom etc.
Internal plastic trays e.g. trays for premium biscuits
Disposable plastic cups
Plastic cup lids (from hot beverage cups)
Plastic coffee pods
Milk and salad dressing jiggers, single serving pots and sachets e.g. used in on-the-go salads, milk sticks, condiments, cosmetics and samples
Tear off tamper evident strips on containers
Images courtesy of WRAP UK
‘Plastic Pact’ businesses need to act first
WRAP say that the companies who have signed up to the UK Plastic Pact should be the first to act to address public concerns about the impact of plastic packaging on the environment. It added that it needs to be considered whether plastic is the right material for the packaging, if packaging is needed at all. Where plastic is needed, it should be recyclable.
WRAP’S report comes in advance of the UK Government’s ban on straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds and the EU Single Use Plastic Directive, which is set to ban polystyrene food containers and single-use plastic cutlery and plates.
As part of the Plastic Pact, some of the biggest food and drinks brands, supermarkets, manufacturers, retailers and plastic re-processors have agreed to make 100% of their plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. They have also agreed that there will be an average of 30% recycled content in their plastic packaging by 2025. It’s thought that the businesses who’ve signed up to the pact are responsible for more than 80% of the plastic packaging that’s sold in British supermarkets.