EXTENDED CARRIER BAG CHARGE FPA COMMENT

EXTENDED CARRIER BAG CHARGE FPA COMMENT

10 January 2018

EXTENDED CARRIER BAG CHARGE FPA COMMENT

Comments attributable to Martin Kersh, Executive Director of the FPA

Martin is contactable on 07711 142789

“We agree there should be a level playing field for the application of the charge on plastic carrier bags and support the elimination the minimum retailer size threshold. This same principle must therefore be applied to the UK’s Packaging Producer responsibility system so that the threshold applicable is also removed to include all businesses placing packaging on the market, subject to being VAT registered.

We still stand by the arguments we put forward when the plastic carrier bag charge was originally proposed that an exemption for hot, ready to eat take-away food on hygiene grounds is fully justified. If such usage is not to be exempted then we urge Government, in line with Food Standards Agency advice, to ensure the public is fully aware of the need to use a fresh clean bag when carrying ready to eat food.

“The Government needs to remind all operators and consumers that food safety must come first when it comes to packaging and take away, ready to eat food and it is unacceptable for that food to be placed in previously used, and possibly contaminated, bags.

“Furthermore, why is the VAT element of the charge not used to increase recycling? So far not a penny of this charge have been directed to increase recycling and we would like to see this changed with funds directed to developing an on the go recycling infrastructure.”

 

For more information go to www.foodservicepackaging.org.uk

Martin Kersh can be reached on 07711 142798