The BPF Recycling Group (BPFRG) has launched its new manifesto for 2014 with a strong message of PRN/PERN system reform for plastics
Setting out what it describes as ‘powerful arguments’ to enable the plastics recycling sector to meet the government’s low carbon manufacturing ambitions, the BPFRG proposes a series of policies which focus on expanding the use of increased volumes of recycled plastics in UK manufacturing to create wealth and employment.
The Group’s flagship policy reform is a split on the plastics packaging recycling targets to distinguish recycling in the local market (UK and EU) from that which is exported outside Europe. The proposal is for this to be achieved through the existing PRN/PERN mechanism, ‘such that there is a progressive weighting towards increased local recycling year on year’.
The manifesto (which covers PVC-U products like windows and doors) comes at a time when the EU is calling for a fundamental review of its waste strategy through to 2030 and proposing landfill bans and substantially higher recycling targets for municipal waste and packaging materials.
“The proposals contained in this manifesto are designed not only to provide a route map to deliver the best environmental outcomes from plastic waste but also to create new low carbon manufacturing jobs in the vanguard of the circular economy,” explained Roger Baynham , Chair, BPF’s Recycling Group. “The BPFRG believes the future proofing of markets for waste can only be achieved by ensuring that traction exists to encourage investment in recycling infrastructure and innovation to develop new markets and applications for recycled plastics.”
Caption The BPF Recycling Group is upping the commitment to meeting environmental targets with the launch of its manifesto.