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Agrifood businesses sign up to UK Plastics Pact

Agrifood companies including Arla, Dunbia and ABP have signed up to the UK Plastics Pact, an initiative designed to create a ‘circular economy’ for plastics


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Agrifood businesses sign up to UK Plastics Pact

42 businesses, including major food, drink and non-food brands, manufacturers and retailers right through to plastic re-processors and packaging suppliers to have made a commitment to the Pact.

 

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said: “Our ambition to eliminate avoidable plastic waste will only be realised if government, businesses and the public work together.

 

“Industry action can prevent excess plastic reaching our supermarket shelves in the first place. I am delighted to see so many businesses sign up to this pact and I hope others will soon follow suit.”


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Targets by 2025:

  • 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

Cranswick, Kingsmill bread owner Allied Milling and Baking and the Soil Association have also signed the pact alongside Defra, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

 

The Big 4 supermarkets, as well as Aldi, Lidl, M and S and Waitrose have also signed up.

Dean Holroyd, group technical and sustainability director, ABP Food Group said: “At ABP we are committed to doing all possible to minimise the impact of plastic on the environment.

 

“We see this as a great challenge and a huge opportunity to collaborate with other like-minded businesses to make a real and tangible difference in the fight against plastic at our sites and across the wider supply chain without compromising on quality, shelf life or food safety.”

 

Once-in-a-lifetime

 

WRAP chief executive, Marcus Gover, said: “Together, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink and reshape the future of plastic so that we retain its value, and curtail the damage plastic waste wreaks on our planet.

 

“This requires a wholescale transformation of the plastics system and can only be achieved by bringing together all links in the chain under a shared commitment to act. That is what makes the UK Plastics Pact unique.

 

“It unites everybody, business and organisation with a will to act on plastic pollution. We will never have a better time to act, and together we can.”

 

Cranswick’s group commercial director, Jim Brisby says “Following the launch of our sustainability strategy, Second Nature, earlier this year, we’re delighted to announce our latest plastics commitment as a founding partner of The UKPlastics Pact, led by WRAP.

 

“We look forward to collaborating with our peers to affect real and long-term change as we take responsibility for and work to overcome the worldwide issue of plastic waste.”

 

See the full list of companies here.

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