NEWS AND INSIGHT FROM THE FPA

NEWS AND INSIGHT FROM THE FPA

RESOURCE & WASTE STRATEGY & EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is increasingly a reality following the publication of Defra’s Resources and Waste Strategy just before Christmas.  This sets out a huge overhaul of Producer Responsibility with all businesses paying for the costs of collection, sortation and recycling of the packaging they use and sell.  Merely moving the net cost to business means we are standing still and not developing the UK’s recycling and composting infrastructure. We believe if business is to pay then business must have an influence on how the money is spent and that we must have full transparency in the fund allocation. We must ensure money isn’t used to prop up inefficiency and bad practice. The public needs confidence that their efforts will result in more recycling to achieve the new targets. We are continuing our efforts to lobby for this.

EU SINGLE USE PLASTICS DIRECTIVE – URGENT ACTION REQUIRED

 Many people believe that the EU Single Use Plastic Directive is already law. However, it has a final stage to cross before becoming a Directive and then UK law – approval by the European Parliament in March 2019. This Directive has significant and far-reaching implications for your business. The Directive as it stands bans the manufacture and sale of all Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foodservice packaging items in the EU.  This ban was added just two days before the draft Directive was approved and was not subject to the usual scrutiny or impact assessment.  It also isn’t restricted to EPS cups as some were led to believe. If implemented, it will result in significant manufacturing job losses in the UK.  The Directive will also force a 25% reduction in the total manufacture and sale of single use plastic foodservice packaging items in member nations, which will also lead to a significant contraction in manufacturing and distribution and will ultimately negatively impact the independent take-away sector.

 The UK Government has indicated it will implement the Directive, Brexit or otherwise, and go further. The FPA is working to do what it can to halt the EPS ban and has consulted with various bodies and held discussions with MPs and MEPs. We understand that we have a window between now and the vote in March to lobby for an amendment to the Directive, which is to move EPS from the banned list to the reduction list, which we believe is the most realistic outcome.

SEMINAR SPEAKER RECOGNISED WITH OBE IN NEW YEARS HONOURS LIST

 We are delighted to note that FPA Environment Seminar speaker Andy Rees, of the Welsh Government, has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list with a well-deserved award of an OBE.    This event, on 23 January, is set to be our best yet. Held in London for the first time, the Seminar has attracted a stellar array of speakers including Defra Minister Therese Coffey, the WWF’s Tony Juniper, Professor Richard Thompson of University of Plymouth, Professor David Bucknall from Heriot Watt University and Lord Deben, in addition to Andy Rees. Lord Deben is chairing the morning session and we are delighted to confirm the Mark Pawsey MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Packaging, is chairing the afternoon session.  Tickets have been selling fast and you will need to act quickly to secure yours as spaces are limited. The link to book tickets is here

 TRENDS AND PREDICTIONS FOR 2019

 This is the time of year when predictions are made, and trends analysed for business over the coming year.  In these uncertain times it’s good to focus on fact and what we can do positively to influence business.  Peter Backman from Horizons has published his thoughts on the UK foodservice and hospitality industry for 2018/2019 and has kindly agreed to for us to be able to share with members. Read here.

COFRESCO MARCH TO BOOST FPA GOSH CHARITY EFFORT

On behalf of the FPA, Ben Correia and Stuart Andrews of Cofresco are completing a 24km route march in the Brecon Beacons on Saturday January 19th, over the route that is infamous within the ranks of all UKSF soldiers. The route starts and finishes at The Storey Arms Outdoor Education Centre and ascends Pen y Fan ascending to 2,907’/886m, returning using the same route, back up and over Pen y Fan via a very steep path known as Jacobs Ladder.  All money raised by this intrepid pair will be donated to GOSH via the FPA Just Giving page. It would be fantastic if other FPA members could support Ben and Stuart’s efforts by make a donation here.   You can read more about the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity here

 ESSENTIAL READING

 Sunday Times 30 December article by Dominic Lawson on plastic carrier bags and the implications of the rise of heavier weight bags. Read here. Packaging News December print issue – The Big Question – industry views on the term biodegrables stimulated by the FPA’s call to eliminate the term in relation to packaging.  Read here. BBC Recycling: Where is the plastic waste mountain?  Article by Roger Harrabin & Tom Edgington looking at the implications the ban by China on imported used plastics for recycling read here. Plastics in Packaging good article on how 2019 is set to be the breakthrough year for chemical recycling and mentioning the FPA call to ban the term biodegradable in food packaging. Read here

 Irish Examiner – single use plastics are to be phased out across all government departments and agencies before wider laws are introduced to completely ban throwaway products. Read here.

 If you are interested in becoming a member of the FPA please contact Caroline Crawford by email