The truth about plastic recycling：
Plastic packaging accounts for 70% of plastic waste in the UK. However, we recycle just 45% of plastics, despite a ‘War on Plastic’. Not only that, its impact on the environment will be magnified that at current rates; plastic packaging volumes are expected to more than quadruple by 2050.
A fact that deviates from our perception of "recyclable" is that most plastics are technically recyclable, but are unrecyclable in the current waste management system.
The highest-priority actions:
Circular economy design for plastics offers a new vision for stemming the tide of plastic waste through a ‘reduce and remove’ company strategy, combine with a ‘reuse and refill’ with consumer behaviour, which means materials constantly flow around a ‘closed loop' system, rather than being used once and then discarded into the natural environment.
The challenge, however, is that it involves a wide range of players: companies, governments, waste management, and consumers. Converting this aspiration into a closed-loop system will require greater cooperation from all key actors in the value chain.
The circular economy system of the grocery industry is large and complex, especially from the time it will be sold to different consumers, to the time it will be disposed of after use by different consumers, and then into the waste management system.
One of the key points is how can consumers participate and increase the effectiveness of a circular packaging approach.