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Brits want food wrapped in compostable packaging

Tue 06 Jul 2021 | 11:27 am GMT
Michelle Urquhart | Products of Change Writer

The public support a move to compostable packaging. Image by Mike Leahy from Pixabay.

New poll finds more than eight-in-ten would rather their food was wrapped in compostable packaging than in traditional plastic. The majority of the British public want to get rid of plastic packaging on their food and have compostable packaging instead, a new poll has revealed. The survey also found that most (83%) are supportive of a tax on plastic packaging to curb plastic waste. It found strong public support for compostable packaging as a sustainable alternative to traditional plastic packaging. The Yonder survey of 2,085 UK adults, commissioned by TIPA - a leading producer of compostable materials - comes amid the Government’s plans to roll out a Plastic Packaging Tax, set to launch in April 2022. The poll shows strong support for the tax in principle – yet many campaigners and members of the public have expressed concerns that the proposed tax does not make allowances for compostable packaging solutions. Currently the tax incorporates compostable packaging as if it were traditional polluting plastic. This differs from many other countries, such as Italy, Ireland and Japan, which have enacted policies promoting compostable materials. Industry leaders, politicians and campaigners argue that including compostable packaging in the same tax category as traditional plastic undermines the purpose of compostable materials, which are a waste-free solution to the plastic crisis. Daphna Nissenbaum, CEO and co-founder of TIPA said: “The plastic packaging tax is an opportunity for the UK to establish itself as a global leader in the fight against plastic waste. Yet it is failing to allow for innovative packaging solutions like compostable packaging which are essential if we are to curb plastic pollution. “Compostable packaging offers a sustainable solution to things like food contact plastic films, which for many reasons cannot be recycled. Instead, they are removed at recycling facilities and either sent to landfill or incinerated. This poll shows clear public support for compostable packaging. It is vital that the Government listens to this and recognises the need for a separate tax system for compostable packaging”.
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