The Confederation of Paper Industries in conjunction with WRAP has launched a new design guidance document “Our Paper” to encourage better recycling of paper and board.

We advise members to read the document and, while we may not agree with all its content, it is important we are aware of the advice the CPI and WRAP are giving. We draw your attention to the description of more than 5% of total pack weight being comprised of film and laminates designated as “problematical and to be avoided”.

Read the paper here.

In response to last week’s Brexit article, a number of members have asked about overseas suppliers and VAT. If you import from the EU, you and your suppliers may find this link of help.


 Martin attended the Resource & Waste Strategy Unwrapped Conference on Wednesday organised by INCPEN, WRAP, Resource Association, ESA and the CIWM.

The Treasury confirmed the proposed tax on plastics containing less than 30% recycled content would be applied by the converter or importer stage on sales to wholesalers, distributors, packer fillers and retailers. This will inevitably lead to cash flow issues for small cafes, takeaways and retailers.

Concerns were expressed by waste management organisations and processors, of recyclate quality declining as recycling increases and there was much debate about whether the proposed deposit return system should be focused only for ‘on-the-go’. We argued that multipacks should be excluded and printed with a message to confirm they carry no deposit. An argument that an increase in 2 litre bottles would result in greater usage on-the-go, runs counter to consumers continually seeking convenience. Packaging and waste management must work together to map out an on-the-go DRS. Arguing for DRS to include household items on the grounds of amortisation of cost is not a strong enough reason for doing so. The objective is less litter and more recycling so the logic for the 70% or so of containers collected from households lacks logic and mathematically doesn’t need to be included to achieve the objectives.


Martin also attended the Policy Connect Plastic Zero Waste Report launch in Parliament. Lord Deben thankfully provided some much-needed sanity and countered the extreme statements and hostile accusations made by some of the other speakers. A copy of the Report can be downloaded here.


A number of FPA members attended the Food Waste Coalition meeting on Thursday with presentations from Defra and BEIS. The coalition was formed by the BBIA.

Defra discussed the proposals for mandatory food waste collections.  Currently only about half of English local authorities offer household food waste collections. Of course, this comes at a cost and the FPA doesn’t wish to add costs to local authorities and we believe Packaging Extended Producer Responsibility should only be used to fund packaging waste management and develop the infrastructure and not be diverted to funding other tasks.

Where food waste collections exist, it is felt that householders reduce the amount of food they waste, so it very much needs support and later this year food waste recording will become mandatory. The mandatory element will apply to businesses as well as households.

Research grants to develop new materials were also discussed. BEIS agree business needs all the information to be in one place. This is an opportunity for businesses of all sizes and more information will be provided soon.


 Eunomia has produced a report for the Norwegian Environment Agency on the value chain for bio-based and biodegradable plastics on a global and national scale. Read here.

The Guardian reports on an early-day motion from a cross party group of MP’s calling for the UK to deal with its plastics waste at home and not ‘pass the buck to the world’s poorest people’. Read here.

National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures have launched a global search for innovative solutions to help tackle the world’s single-use plastic problem. More here.

The European Commission has announced that the European Parliament and European Council has reached a provisional agreement on the EC’s proposal for revisions to the EU’s General Food Law. Read here.

The Oxford Mail reports that train operator Chiltern Railways has established a coffee cup recycling scheme across all its 32 UK station estate, after forging a partnership with waste solutions provider Simply Cups. Read here.


27 February FPA Annual General Meeting at Packaging Innovations, NEC, 1pm.  For booking details email Caroline.

7 March FPA Awards and Exhibition, Grand Hotel Brighton For booking details email Caroline more

27 June FPA Golf & Activities Day, De Vere, Staverton Estate