Tuesday, 09 Apr 2019 09:23 GMT

Inquiry into plastic food packaging launched

An inquiry has been launched to assess the impact of government proposals for the management of plastic food packaging.

Members of Parliament are seeking written submissions that address specific questions to aid an inquiry into plastic packaging for food and drink.

MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee have launched the enquiry and will examine the impact of government proposals for extended producer responsibility for waste packaging.

The inquiry will also assess the impact of a tax on plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content.

Chair of the committee, Neil Parish MP says: “Plastic currently pollutes this country’s soils, rivers and coasts, with millions of tonnes of plastics used in the UK every single year.

“It has become a global environmental problem. Once plastic packaging becomes waste, most of it does not biodegrade – which damages the environment and affects a range of marine species.”

It has become a global environmental problem

Parish explains that the inquiry was called as the committee is keen to find out what progress has been made in developing and using more environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic.

As week as finding practical ways to protect the environment, the committee hopes to highlight how government action can help to alleviate the threat caused by plastic.

The committee is seeking written submissions that address questions such as: “What progress have packaging manufacturers, food producers and retailers made in developing and using alternatives to, and reducing consumers’ use of plastic food and drink packaging?”

The full list of questions can be found on the Parliament website and the deadline for submissions is May 2nd.

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