Further to last week’s Budget, the FPA has been invited to a further meeting with the Treasury to advise on the proposed the 30% recycled plastic tax consultation. This is a significant recognition of the FPA’s work over recent months and especially pre-Budget.
Although we sense that the consultation may well have already been drafted, we want to stress the practical issues as well as ensure business is afforded the time needed to make the changes required throughout the supply chain without jeopardising the ability to ensure food safety and that security is not compromised. We also need to ensure that resource is given to border checks on imported packaging to ensure imports do not operate at an advantage over UK producers.



Hot on the heels of the PCRRG Year Two Progress report issued last week (link here if you missed it) and the reporting of a big increase in paper cup recycling from 1:400 in 2016 to 1:25 in 2018, Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, has updated the FPA on the progress of the Glasgow Cup Movement. This is a cross industry collaboration which, in the first phase, focuses on consumer engagement, behavioural change and collection for ‘on-the-go’ environments such as the high street, transport hubs and shopping centres. The project aims to increase significantly the recovery and recycling of paper cups in Glasgow.

The project should launch in January 2019 and will be presented at the Simply Cups Conference on 6 December 2018 (details below), where Derek is speaking.

The project is still looking for funders and partners – contact Derek if you would like further information.




This week the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) advised us they are taking a closer interest in environmental claims and it is timely to remind Members that communications through all channels including ads on the internet, smartphones and tablets, claims on your own website, commercial emails and text messages, posters, direct mail, leaflets and brochures all fall under the ASA’s remit. As such they are subject to ASA scrutiny and ultimately, adjudication. The ASA recently upheld a complaint against Ancol Pet Products who made a claim regarding biodegradability.

You can find the ASA Guidelines here.



You may have seen some of the coverage about paper cups last Saturday, which focused on the increase in the numbers of paper cups being used, rather than the increase in recycling of paper cups.

THE PCRRG deliberately chose to use the higher figures of 3 billion cups in circulation, over the figures of 2.5 billion used in the Manifesto, in order to reflect growth in the market. This growth is largely fueled by changing consumer habits and younger people eschewing alcohol for socialising in coffee shops. The news on paper cup recycling is positive news for our industry and an excellent example of the work being undertaken by the industry throughout the supply chain. Of course we know there is much more work to be done and we are not complacent by any means. There is much work in the pipeline and figures for 2019 and will see further increases to 1:12 cups being recycled.



As the nation commemorated the end of the First World War on 11 November, the iconic lapel poppies were seen everywhere.
What you may not know is that recycled paper specialist James Cropper has been making the paper for these poppies since 1978.

There’s a great video here of the paper being produced.


Article by Wall Street Journal writer Saabria Chaudhuri on paper cups, largely from a US perspective, quoting the recent PCRRG report and curious that it refers to recycling of paper cups as ‘new target’.  Read here.

Single-Use is Collins Word of the Year – each year, Collins Dictionary compiles a shortlist of new and notable words that reflect the last 12 months. They have named ‘single-use’ as the word of 2018 more here.


13-15 November European Pizza & Pasta Show, Olympia.  Martin speaking on 13th November. Register here.

15 November 2018 – Bio-Based and Biodegradables Industries Association Conference on Resource & Waste Management: A blueprint for a circular economy. Martin is also speaking at this event.  Conference programme and registration here.

20 November 2018 – Food Matters Live – Martin Kersh is hosting a seminar session on ‘Evolving the on the go culture through innovative and sustainable packaging and recycling solutions’. More details and registration here.

6 December – Simply Cups Annual Conference 2018 at The Crystal, Royal Victoria Docks, London. Speakers include Lucy Siegle from BBC The One Show, Mary Creagh MP and Chairman House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, Amelia Womak, Deputy Leader The Green Party and many more. Further information and sign up here.

23 January 2019 FPA Environment Seminar, Stationers’ Hall, London – Members and their guests only

7 March 2019 FPA Awards and Exhibition, Grand Hotel Brighton. Members only

27 June FPA Golf & Activities Day, Devere Staverton estates – make a note in your diary now!  Members and their guests only.