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26 September 2017

BSDA invites discussion on the future of recycling at Labour Conference

The future of recycling was the topic of discussion at Monday evening’s Labour Party Fringe (25th September), hosted by the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) and the New Statesman. 

The British Soft Drinks Association detailed the ambitions of the industry in helping to improve recycling rates and reduce litter.

BSDA Director General, Gavin Partington, said:

“The ambition is for all our packaging in the UK to be 100% recyclable, that consumers recycle and that drinks containers do not end up as litter in our towns, countryside, rivers and oceans.

“We believe that working together with governments, NGOs and other stakeholders real progress can be achieved to make the UK the world leader in creating a truly circular economy.”

Key points highlighted by the BSDA included:

  • The soft drinks industry is working to ensure all our packaging, including secondary packaging, is 100% recyclable.
  • The current packaging recovery and compliance system needs to change and we want to work with governments and others to do that. This would create greater transparency, and lead to increased investment in tackling litter and increased recycling.
  • We want to work with governments and Local Authorities’ to ensure consistency of kerbside recycling across the UK.
  • We want to discourage littering and encourage recycling by working with customers and retailers to make it easier.
  • We are open to exploring whether a properly considered deposit return scheme could be a part of an overall solution and we are ready to work with Government on this.

Environmental Audit Committee chair Mary Creagh MP was present during the fringe event, speaking on a panel alongside James Lowman (ACS), Gavin Partington (BSDA) and Belinda Gordon (CPRE).