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  • Defra appoints new members to packaging committee

    Defra has appointed ten members to its new Advisory Committee on Packaging, including Jonathan Short, the founder of the plastics recycling firm ECO Plastics and Andrew Bird, the chair of LARAC.


    Known as the ACP, the Committee is made up of representatives from different sectors affected by the Packaging Waste Regulations and advises Defra on the development of the Regulations and packaging recycling from an industry perspective. It has no budget and all members other than the Chairman, participate on a voluntary basis.


    In September 2014, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) advertised for new committee members and a chair to replace incumbent Bob Lisney. And, in December 2014, it named consultant Phil Conran as the new chair. Since his appointment, Mr Conran has been helping Defra to fill the remaining posts.


    Notable new appointments to the committee include Jonathan Short, founder of ECO Plastics, which was recently bought out of administration by investor Aurelius . Mr Short replaces previous ACP plastics specialist Raj Iqbal and is understood to have been selected due to his knowledge of both the UK plastics reprocessor and export market.


    In addition, the chair of LARAC, Andrew Bird, joins the committee in a move which is hoped may give a stronger voice to local authorities on packaging related matters. Mr Bird joins fellow local authority member alongside Roger Walton, director of environment & corporate assets at Dover district council.


    Meanwhile, compliance and recycling company Valpak's policy director Adrian Hawkes joins the committee's ranks following the departure of Valpak chief executive Steve Gough, who has carried out the maximum ACP term. Smaller compliance schemes will meanwhile be represented on the Committee by Simon Stringer, managing director of the Nipak and Scotpak schemes.



    The only member to sit on both the new and old Committee is Andrew Speck, formerly commercial and environmental packaging manager at M&S and currently senior procurement manager at packaging consultancy HAVI Global Solutions.


    The Committee will be tasked with determining whether the current PRN system is sustainable for the long term as well as look at more pressing issues such as increasing plastics recycling rates and ensuring the system is fit for purpose. It meets quarterly, with the first meeting scheduled to take place later this month.


    Mr Conran said: "I am delighted that we have been able to appoint excellent members with a wealth of experience across the key sectors and I am greatly looking forward to working with them over the next three years of this appointment. Our first meeting will be on the 28th January when we will have the opportunity to consider with Defra, the Agencies and the Devolved Administrations, the key priorities for the next year.'


    Two positions remain open on the committee. Mr Conran explained: "We are still seeking applications from the retail and packer/filler sectors to take it up to 12".


  • Courtauld results show packaging down and food redistribution up

    The first year results of the Courtauld Commitment Phase 3, released by Wrap, show an approximate 4.5 per cent reduction of the carbon impacts of packaging, while food waste prevention efforts have led to 80 per cent more food being redistributed.

    Signatories’ efforts to reduce packaging, increase recycled content and use different packaging materials has contributed to a significant reduction in the carbon impact of packaging, which is down by around 4.5 per cent, well ahead of the 2015 target of zero increase.

    While there has been little change in the overall manufacturing and retail waste against a three per cent reduction target, signatories report an increase in recycling and recovery, with less material going to sewer or for disposal. Signatories have also reported a substantial increase in the volumes of unsold food redistributed for human consumption; almost doubling from 21kt to 38kt.

    To ensure the target is met, a concerted effort by signatories is required to focus their activities on the implementation of more waste prevention and resource efficiency measures. Wrap will be working with signatories to help them target their activity to achieve the most effective results. One aspect of this is the sharing of good practice. Wrap has published a series of case studies illustrating some of the changes introduced by signatories.

    Progress against the household food waste target is not collected yearly but will be available for final year reporting.

    Dr Richard Swannell, director of sustainable food systems at Wrap, says: “I am delighted that progress on the packaging target has exceeded expectations and redistribution has increased significantly. There is still much to do before the end of this third phase though, with the biggest challenge being the manufacturing and retail target. We will be working closely with signatories to help ensure all the targets are met.”

  • No consumer health risk from bisphenol A exposure

    EFSA’s comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity concludes that BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels. Exposure from the diet or from a combination of sources (diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper) is considerably under the safe level (the “tolerable daily intake” or TDI).

    Although new data and refined methodologies have led EFSA’s experts to considerably reduce the safe level of BPA from 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day (µg/kg of bw/day) to 4 µg/kg of bw/day, the highest estimates for dietary exposure and for exposure from a combination of sources (called “aggregated exposure” in EFSA’s opinion) are three to five times lower than the new TDI.

    Uncertainties surrounding potential health effects of BPA on the mammary gland, reproductive, metabolic, neurobehavioural and immune systems have been quantified and factored in to the calculation of the TDI. In addition, the TDI is temporary pending the outcome of a long-term study in rats, which will help to reduce these uncertainties.

    You can read the full press release from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) at

  • Recoup sees rise in communications schemes & council collections in 2014 survey

    Local authorities are increasingly turning their focus to plastic waste from households in a bid to increase recycling rates, plastics recycling body Recoup has claimed.


    This is among the findings of Recoup's annual UK Households Plastic Packaging Survey, now in its 20th year, which examines the levels of collection of plastic for recycling from UK households. The full report can be downloaded from the PAFA website at  


    The headline finding of the survey is that 464,433 tonnes of plastic packaging was collected from UK households in 2013, an increase of 24,000 tonnes (5.5%) on the previous year.


    In anticipation of the launch of the Pledge 4 Plastics campaign, which officially began in September, Recoup has also gathered data on the number of local authorities seeking to implement communications campaigns around plastic collections.


    The Pledge 4 Plastics campaign, backed by Defra, includes resources for councils to use to encourage householders to increase the amount of waste plastic collected for recycling.


    According to the recycling body, over a third of councils - 35% - ran a communications initiative to boost plastics recycling in 2014, compared to just 12% of councils in 2013. And, Recoup added, of the authorities not running a campaign, 47% said it was something they would like to do but were currently unable to.


    Recoup has noted that securing funding for the future of the Pledge 4 Plastics campaign is a 'priority', and in his introduction to the report, Recoup chief executive Stuart Foster has reiterated his call for more funding from the plastics supply chain to be used to support communications projects.


    Elsewhere in the survey, Recoup notes that the collection level for plastic bottles has reached a stable level, with 400 of the UK's 406 collection authorities providing a kerbside collection service including plastic bottles, with an increase of around 10,000 tonnes of the material collection in 2013. Bottles make up 70% of the plastic waste collected from households.


    Meanwhile, 271 councils offer a kerbside collection service for pots, tubs and trays - with 14,000 tonnes more of the material collected during 2013, an increase of 11%. According to Recoup, if another 34 councils collect PTT, the On Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme will have to consider changing the advice for PTT from 'check local recycling' to 'widely recycled'.




  • Plastic And Food Waste Causes Most Household Recycling Confusion

    New research from WRAP reveals that plastic materials and food waste collection cause the most recycling confusion to householder. It also looks at emerging barriers and highlights where householders face challenges with recycling.

    Supported by Defra, Zero Waste Scotland, and the Welsh and Northern Ireland Governments, the research aims to look at emerging barriers to recycling at home, which if tackled could help householders recycle more effectively.

    The insights come from the latest “Barriers to recycling at home”, report, which reaffirms the original four main barriers identified as situational, behavioural, knowledge and attitudinal previously identified by WRAP in 2008.

    The report found that clearer communication plays key role to overcoming barriers.

    It also recognises that barriers are inter-dependent, often a householders’ behaviour, knowledge and attitude to recycling is defined by the type of property they live in, their personal circumstances and the collection service they receive.

    The report highlights very specific challenges that impact on recycling rates, such as householders who are confused by the introduction of new materials for recycling such as plastics and food waste, or lack confidence in their ability to recycle due to changes in collection services combined with uncertainty of what is required of them.

    Challenges that councils and waste management companies can help residents overcome by providing clear, simple messages around what can be recycled locally. You can view and download the full report as well as the benefits of recycling more plastic pots. tubs and trays in the recycling section of the website


  • Coveris Tri-Pot range wins café life award

    PAFA member Coveris’ Tri-Pot range was named the winner in the The New Café Product category at the café life awards.

    The range is a collaborative triumph for packaging manufacturer Coveris Rigid UK and UK distributor Tri-Star Packaging.

    It was entered into the Café Life Awards, which followed the Lunch Exhibition in London in September 2014. The judges agreed that Tri-Pot was fresh and modern and brought innovation to the market to help generate new menu ideas for the end consumer.

    To meet the increasing demands of the healthy eating food-to-go market, Coveris Rigid UK and Tri-Star developed the range of contemporary dessert pots, lids and inserts based around current food and packaging trends.

    Photo of Coveris Tri Pot Range1

    The result of the joint development is a thermoformed dessert pot range in 440ml, 300ml and 170ml made from rPET with a flat lid fitting all three pots. In addition, Coveris as a Group is offering a dome lid and a small insert pot which can be combined with the new range. The insert tray is perfect for keeping the secondary ingredients separate from the main ingredient, so all stay fresh right up to the time of consumption.

    The end result is a dessert pot range with three pots, two lids and one insert, providing different combinations for food presentation.

    Jim Harris, key account manager – Southern England and Ireland at Coveris, said: “This is a fantastic example where both customer and supplier share the same enthusiasm for innovation. By being creative and working together, we developed an exciting addition to food service packaging.

  • PAFA Chief responds to KBT study on carrier bag litter

    PAFA CEO, Barry Turner said media coverage of a recent litter survey distorted the reality of the value of plastic bags and what he called “their minimal impact on the environment”.

    Turner claimed reports on environmental group Keep Britain Tidy’s (KBT) latest research, including stories in the national newspapers the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian, was “sensationalist and misleading”.

    He also criticised the media for focusing on the percentage of sample sites where retail bags have been found rather than the percentage of litter represented by supermarket carrier bags - just 0.2% of all littered items.

    “In addition, the popular media continues to conveniently ignore the 40% reduction in bag consumption we achieved by voluntary means and forgets the reality that the lightweight plastic carrier bag uses the least resources for the highest functionality and re-use - compared with all the alternatives,” he said.

    You can read the full press release at  

  • PAFA members collaborate as Faerch Launches World's First Ovenable CPET Skin Packs

    As part of a long-term growth strategy to increase market share in the meat & poultry sector, PAFA member, Faerch Plast has launched the world's first ovenable CPET skin pack. Offering significant hygiene benefits, this latest innovation from the leading European food packaging specialist allows the consumer to place the product directly into the oven or microwave without removing any of the immediate packaging or having to touch the raw food.

    The company worked with ABP and fellow PAFA member Bemis Flexible Packaging to develop a lightweight ovenable pack that has significant barrier and strength properties and delivers major benefits for processor, retailer and consumer.

    As well as providing the convenience of meat being safely and easily oven or microwave cooked directly from the freezer or refrigerator without being opened and extending shelf life, the ovenable skin packs are expected to help reduce the risk of contamination, from Campylobacter, for example, as there is no need for the consumer to handle the raw food.

    The meat or poultry product is held securely in place for display which greatly enhances on-shelf impact. Plus the ovenable skin packs can be shown side-on for further increased appeal and brand awareness.

    Using special tooling, the ovenable skin packs can also be formed into a contoured top web to pack larger products such as chicken pieces and meats which project above the flange of the tray

    Consumers often complain about 'off-odours' when removing lids from traditional MAP packs. With these new ovenable skins packs, any odours are transformed during the cooking process into the mouth-watering aroma of just cooked foods. All moisture and juices are retained during the cooking process ensuring a tasty and succulent product straight from the oven.

    Faerch Plast's ovenable skin packs also help reduce shelf space requirements as the trays can be made shallower giving more packs per distribution case and per unit shelf area.
    Joe Iannidinardo, Managing Director at Faerch Plast UK: "These ovenable skin packs are truly revolutionary. With the special SkinCOOK™ topweb from Bemis Flexible Packaging, it means they can be cooked from chilled or frozen without being unwrapped in any way.


    "The packs also offer enhanced consumer appeal, shelf space efficiency and maximum protection to products during transit and in store. Cooking time is reduced by up to 20% for a conventional oven and 40% for microwave and there are no unsightly meat juices on show. Plus there is significant shelf life improvement which helps reduce food waste."

    Faerch Plast's wide range of CPET trays feature dual ovenability and a wide temperature tolerance from -4F (-20c) degrees to 430F (220c) degrees, for freezer-to-oven or microwave convenience. CPET eliminates negative effects on food flavour and aroma, giving consumers well-protected, more versatile and better tasting meals.


  • PAFA member Coveris revamps website

    Flexible packaging company and PAFA memeber Coveris has revamped its website to simplify navigation and provide customers and investors with more product information.

    Kathrin Bolle, Marketing & Communications Manager for Coveris stated: “The new site also offers more in-depth information regarding Coveris product offerings to the food and beverage market.”

    The website launch is the first phase of a multi-stage online promotional project for Coveris.

    The company plans to start development of a “Phase 2” build-out of the website to include an interactive locations map, multilingual functionality and downloadable information on its brands and markets.

    Have a look at

  • #Pledge4Plastics Campaign launched

    You might have already seen this week in the trade media that the Pledge 4 Plastics campaign launched this week.


    The aim of the initiative is to get recycling back on the household agenda, and has been created to significantly increase the collection of plastic packaging for recycling by making one simple request - for every household to recycle just one extra plastic bottle each week!


    Everyone can pledge in three ways:


    by completing the online pledge @  


    Twitter - by using #Pledge4Plastics 

    Facebook - liking the Facebook page, using #Pledge4Plastics or liking and sharing the posts


    Remember, plastic bottles can be recycled from every room in the home whatever the colour, shape or size.We also wanted to highlight some of the great products that can be made from recycled plastic - football shirts, kids toys, furniture, car and construction products, and of course plastic bottles!


    There is a reward for those who pledge throughout September! To highlight just one of the many ways plastic can be given a new life if recycled, Abigail Ahern, who has a collection at a leading high street department store and recently starred in Channel 4's Get Your House in Order, has designed her first ever bespoke phone cover, which is made from 80% recycled plastic bottles.  


    Please do encourage as many people to pledge as possible - whether it is employees, family and friends!


    A comprehensive toolkit has been developed to provide a wide range of resources which can be used by local authorities and businesses with the aim to ensure consistency in any UK communications about plastic packaging recycling.  


    The toolkit can be downloaded using the following link  


  • Amcor launches new forming and filling technology

    PAFA member Amcor has launched new packaging technology which it claims will revolutionise the way soft drinks and other liquids are bottled.LiquiForm uses consumable liquid instead of compressed air to hydraulically form and fill the container on one machine simultaneously.

    The technology uses the contents of the bottle – such as soft drinks, juices, shampoos etc – to blow the bottle shape, simplifying the manufacturing and filling process.

    By combining the forming and filling processes into one step, Amcor claims this dramatically simplifies the manufacture of rigid plastic containers for a wide range of consumer products.

    Through combining the bottle forming and filling processes in one step, on a single line at a single site, the technology is expected to reduce energy, handling and transport costs for drinks and FMCG giants such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Unilever.

    Amcor developed the LiquiForm concept in 2006, and subsequently set up a joint venture bottling specialist Sidel, Japanese  plastic bottle manufacturer Yoshino Kogyosho, and Nestle Waters.

    Amcor and Sidel each own a 50% interest in the joint venture.

    This new technology is expected to reduce capital costs and improve operating efficiency and product quality.

    Amcor said LiquiForm delivers a reduction in operating costs of up to 25%, reduced manufacturing risk and greater flexibility in container design.

    The joint venture will target the annual demand for conversion to the LiquiForm technology, and the first full scale operation is expected to be commercialised within three years.

    Ken MacKenzie, Amcor’s managing director and chief executive, said: “I have been in the packaging industry for over 20 years and in my opinion, LiquiForm has the potential to be one of the most important breakthrough technologies in liquid packaging. This technology will transform the rigid plastic container manufacturing industry, providing significant benefits to all players throughout the value chain.”

  • PAFA members feature heavily in top 10 plastic producers in Europe

    In a list of the top ten plastic producers in the Europe put together by Applied Market Information (AMI), PAFA members are common through out the list, occupying seven of the top 10 places.

    PAFA member, Amcor remains no.1 on the list, with an estimated European turnover of 3billion Euros. The full list is as follows;

    1. Amcor (PAFA member)

    2. Apla-Werke Austria

    3. Coveris (PAFA member)

    4. Sealed Air (PAFA member)

    5. RPC (PAFA member)

    6. Mondi Group (PAFA member)

    7. Aptar Group

    8. Constantia Group

    9.  Klockner Pentaplast (PAFA member)

    10. Papier Mettler (PAFA member)

  • Defra responds to EAC report on plastic bags

    Last week saw Defra's eagerly awaited response to the recommendations of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) on the proposed carrier bag levy in England.

    You can view the response in full at

    In summary, there will still be an exemption for SME's with under 250 employees and paper bags but the proposed exemption for biodegradable bags will not be part of the initial regulations and will remain under review by Defra.

    The PAFA carrier bag consortium met last week, one hour after the official release of the Defra response to discuss next steps and areas we would like to challenge as a industry.

    The main areas we will be addressing with Defra are;

    • The term "single-use" carrier bag needs to be removed from future government documents as it is a false statement, with some studies showing up to 90% of people reuse carrier bags, so there is nothing single-use about them.

    • Direction of the proceeds of the charge back in to the plastic recycling industry as the regulations offer no enforcement of where the funds go, just some mild guidance.   


    Official PAFA Comment on the Defra response: "It is disappointing that Defra has ignored most of the advice of the EAC. Although it is pleasing that they listened to advice that there was no biodegradable bag that meets the requirement at this time this conclusion was only reached after wasting a great deal of taxpayers money to arrive at a conclusion that the industry advised them on before they spent the money.

    Also it is disappointing to continue to hear politicians claim this is going to make a difference to litter. Carrier bags make up a tiny fraction of litter and this measure will make no material difference to litter. This is a missed opportunity unless the funds used are ploughed back into recycling or in helping bring about behavioral changes and introducing a zero tolerance toward litter." 

  • Plastics Parliamentary Reception 2014

    Last week saw PAFA host the annual "Plastics Parliamentary Reception" in Westminster and as ever the event bought together various sectors of the industry in order to promote plastics in the most positive light.

    We had speeches from Dr Colin Church from Defra, Barry Gardiner from the shadow government, Paul Vanston from Kent Resource Partnership, Mark Pawsey, Chairman of the APPG packaging group and our very own Barry Turner.

    The presentation Barry Turner used on the day is available in the "minutes of meeting" section of the members area. Thanks again to all who attended and we are pleased to state that the feedback we have had so far has been very positive.

    Since the event, PAFA has already been conducting various follow up activity with the MP's and organisations in attendance. We will continue to update members on the progress of these actions through our Newsletter, so keep an eye out.

  • The Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) Conference 2014

    The Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) held a Special Conference for obligated packaging producers on Tuesday 15th April 2014 in London to provide information about how the Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) system works. The objective of the conference was to revisit the purpose of the PRN system to refresh producers understanding, explore how PRN revenues are used, and explain why there is variability in the price of PRNs.

    The Conference was chaired by Bob Lisney (ACP Chair) and speakers included Adrian Hawkes (Valpak) and Chris Gove (Environment Agency) with updates provided by Defra. 

    Members can view the presentations from the event in recycling section of the members area


  • Plastics Parliamentary Reception 2014

    PAFA and its working partners, BPF and Plastics Europe are delighted to announce details of the 2014 Plastics Parliamentary Reception, which will be held at 12.15pm in the Churchill Room at the House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA on May 14th 2014.

    John Pugh MP will host the 4th Successive Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons following the previous year’s successful events.  This year’s event will be held as a Lunchtime Reception (12.15pm-2.15pm) directly following Prime Ministers Questions, it will be a catered reception with a full range of refreshments offered, and will provide the opportunity for networking with senior industry figures, MPs and civil servants, Retailers and Brands.

    A DEFRA Spokesperson will be speaking to outline the Government’s sustainability policy, and Mark Pawsey MP, Chair of the APPG on the Packaging Manufacturing Industry, will also be discussing the sector’s vital economic and environmental contribution to the UK. Additionally we will hear from Paul Vanston, Manager of the Kent Resource Partnership, who will discuss diversion from landfill and food waste initiatives and the work they have been doing to ensure greater consistency of collection and greater collection of plastic.

    At this reception you will hear how the Plastic 2020 Challenge’s Action Plan aims to improve sustainability, diversion of plastic from landfill, job development, and tackle environmental concerns. The role of energy from waste in reducing landfill and providing the UK with an affordable energy supply will also be discussed. So come along to hear what has been achieved, what is still left to do and join a lively networking session to share your thoughts on how to drive the UK to this ambitious goal with the Plastics 2020 Challenge partners.

    We look forward to welcoming our members and partners to the event. If you have questions about the reception, please call the PAFA office on 01159 598389

  • New Packaging from PAFA member uncovers certification concerns

    PAFA member, TCL Packaging has claimed an industry-first with its new printed ovenable films are the first in the UK to have been successfully tested to 220°C, 450°F Gas.

    The new films use ovenable inks that produce high-definition, high-quality print using the full range of process colours.


    They are used for ready-meal lidding, flow- wrapping, cooking pouches and roasting bags for higher temperatures.

    Testing with Smithers Pira, TCL Packaging managing director Mike Golding said the company decided to extend the test boundaries after becoming concerned that not all printed ovenable films on the market are fully verified.


    He said it was vital that retailers are able to add cooking instructions to their products with complete confidence in film performance and food safety.


    "At TCL we wanted to be sure no harmful molecular breakdown will occur at high temperatures and our PET printed laminate films are the first to certify to 220°C, with mono layer at 200°C.

    He said there is potential food safety issues with many of the ovenable films on the market that most retailers and consumers are unaware of.

  • March 2014 - Budget Review

    Growth upgraded

    Growth estimates for 2014 have been upgraded from 1.8pc a year ago, and 2.4pc in December to 2.7pc. Biggest upward revision to growth between budgets for at least 30 years

    Office for Budget Responsibility predicts 2.2pc growth in 2015, 2.6pc in 2017 and 2018, and 2.5pc in 2018.


    The personal allowance will be raised from £10,000 to £10,500

    40p income tax thresholdto rise from £41,450 to £41,865 in April, and another 1pc to £42,285.

    Property and infrastructure

    From midnight tonight, properties bought for more than £500,000 through "corporate envelopes" will be liable for 15pc stamp duty.

    For businesses

    Investment allowances for businesses doubled to £500,000 and extended to the end of 2015 at a £2bn cost.

    Export finance doubled to £3bn and interest rates on lending scheme cut by a third

    Establishing a new Alan Turing Institute for analysing and identifying useful insights in Big Data, and investing another £74 million over 5 years in the UK’s network of Catapults to support the commercialisation of novel technologies.

    Air passenger duty reformed: All long haul flights will carry the same tax rate as current visits to the US.

    Under-21s taken out of employers' national insurance contribution


    The carbon price floor will be capped as part of a £7bn package to save manufacturers from increasing energy costs.


    A fuel duty rise due in September has been scrapped.

    Landfill Tax

    This will rise in line with inflation from April 2015. However there was no long term clarity on the issue, with the government waiting for results of a forthcoming consultation on trommel fines

    The full budget can be viewed at  

  • Date for the diary: PAFA parliamentary reception 2014

    This years PAFA parliamentary reception will take place on the 14th May in Westminster. Contrary to previous receptions pafa has hosted, this years will start from 12.30pm.

    We are working to secure guest speakers as well as various other MP's. In terms of the overall message PAFA will be trying to get across on the day, here are a few points;

    • The plastic industry wishes to see further development and growth of its industry in the UK and has developed an action plan that can if implemented ensure improved sustainability, job development and that will deal with environmental concerns.  

    • Further action to encourage the adoption of best practice by councils to ensure best practice in the diversion of plastics from landfill.
    • The existing producer responsibility system be overhauled to ensure that revenue raised by the producer responsibility scheme encourages increased collection as well as the development of improved recycling infrastructure.
    • The industry calls on government to recognise and support the role that packaging plays by encouraging innovation that will further improve the contribution that packaging plays by reducing food and drink waste.
    • To actively encourage the involvement by all major retailers and local councils in the Fresher for longer campaign thereby educating consumers to use packaging in a way that will reduce food waste.

    We will distribute a full agenda in due course, but we urge you all to save the date and attend. 


    PAFA will also distribute a template letter to send to your MP in order to gain their attendance at the event. If you have any questions at this stage, please call the PAFA office on 01159 598389


  • Plastic litter debate ‘going off the rails’, says PAFA

    PAFA has warned that the debate over banning plastic bags in the European Union is ‘going off the rails’.

    The warning comes following the publication of an article by Italian MEP and rapporteur for the European Commission’s strategy on plastic waste in the environment Vittorio Prodi, on The Parliament website, which argues that the current proposals released by the European Commission on cracking down on plastic litter do not go far enough.

    Under the proposed amends to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (released in November 2013), member states will be required to reduce the consumption of plastic carrier bags with a thickness below 50 microns (as these were found to be less frequently reused than thicker ones, and often end up as litter), through ‘appropriate’ measures such as bag charges, national reduction targets, and marketing restrictions.

    However, Prodi argued that the directive served ‘more [as] a theoretical suggestion than a concrete, legislative decision’. You can see the full PAFA response as well as the link to the Prodi article at 

  • Leadership and Management Training Courses

    Focus Management for Business are now taking bookings for the next series of Leadership and Management Training Courses to commence in March and April 2014 at their Training Centre.

    These courses are ideal for those taking their first steps in supervision (Level 3) to those looking to formalise their existing skills and climb the ladder into Management (Level 5).

    In addition they cater for Senior Managers who might want to develop skills in Executive Management Level 7 their Coaching and Mentoring Skills Level 7.

    For more information, please contact Derek Ward on 01623 664510 or visit their website at

  • PAFA member PlasRecyle praise by Energy Minister Michael Fallon during visit

    PAFA member PlasRecyle has received a visit from Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon – and he was impressed with what he saw.

    He was given a tour of the PlasRecycle facility that opened in late 2013 and is based in Woolwich, south east London.

    The new facility uses a high tech proprietary process developed by PlasRecycle over the past four years to reprocess up to 20,000 tonnes of used shopping bags and films. The plant produces a plastic granulate that can be used for making new bags, replacing virgin materials.

    For every tonne of plastic packaging that is reprocessed and recycled, there is a corresponding saving of 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

    PlasRecycle founder and chief executive Duncan Grierson said: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister and show him around our new plant which is recycling used bags back into a high quality pellet for reuse. We are pleased to be contributing to the country’s environmental targets set by the EU’s Waste Framework Directive and the Climate Change Bill.

    “Scientific research by the Environment Agency has shown that regular polythene carrier bags have a much better carbon footprint than alternatives, such as paper bags and biodegradable bags. Our new plant helps to close the loop.”

    Michael Fallon added: “The innovative technology being used by PlasRecycle shows that dealing with waste and recycling properly can create jobs and boost economic growth as well as being good for the environment.

    “The Government’s industrial strategy is giving businesses all over the country the confidence to invest, and securing highly skilled jobs and a stronger economy, including here in Woolwich.”

  • Potential breakthrough on plastic packaging recycling at PAFA senior industry dinner held last week

    PAFA (Packaging and Films Association) hosted a senior industry figures dinner last Thursday 13th February in Central London, to provide an update to members on the legislative trends in the UK and Europe that will impact plastic packaging and in particular the implications for material supply.

    There were various presentations at the event, including update from a Wrap director on the future requirements for the plastic packaging industry based on benchmarking on future legislation.

    PAFA CEO, Barry Turner felt the need to host such an event especially as the final quarter packaging recycling figures were releases last week. Turner said;

    “The final quarter figures for 2013 issued last week served to demonstrate how big a challenge we have ahead of us if we are to meet the 2017 targets. Incremental tonnage growth recoded in 2013 of a mere 68k tonnes will not deliver the target”

    You can read the full press release at   

    All related material from the dinner including the transcript of a speech from Wrap Director, Richard Swannell and other presentations can be viewed in the "minutes of meetings" section of the members area.

  • PAFA attend first "Fresher For Longer" conference

    PAFA were in attendance this week for the first "Fresher For Longer" conference in London. The Fresher for Longer campaign was officially launched last year by WRAP the FDF, the British Retail Consortium, INCPEN, Kent Waste Partnership, the Packaging Federation and Marks & Spencer.

    Resource Minister Dan Rogerson has supported the 'Fresher for Longer campaign' and said that packaging has an important part to play in helping to combat food waste.

    PAFA also heavily supports this campaign and hope that more retailers and brands will get behind it to circulate the message that packaging is in fact part of the solution when it comes to reducing food waste.

    Some of the key messages regarding packaging at the Fresher For Longer conference were;

     - Ambient packaged food provides long shelf/cupboard life with no need for refrigeration - Ian Bowles of Premier Foods

     - The air inside plastic containers is modified to keep it fresher for longer in your fridge and slow down decomposition

     - We waste 5.8million potatoes and 24million slices of bread each day, packaging can make a difference

     - Increases in smaller packs and resealable packaging is aiding a reduction in food waste - Emma Marsh of Wrap

     - A shrink-wrapped cucumbers will last around three times longer than non-shrink-wrapped ones

     - Most fresh fruit & veg will last up to 2 wks longer if kept in the fridge in their original pack.

    You can find out further information and tips on how to prevent food waste through plastic packaging at 

  • PAFA responds to EAC report on the plastic bag levy

    PAFA has responded to todays report released by the Environmental Audit Committee on their recommendations for the plastic bag levy, proposed to come in to legislation next year. PAFA CEO, Barry Turner said;

    "“We give due credit to the EAC for responding to the carbon challenge – and we understand their need to keep the tax simple. We are also glad the committee acknowledge the need for more research on the real effects of bag taxes on public behaviour such as littering – but we are disappointed that disputed litter figures and wildly inaccurate calculations on bag impacts are still influencing people’s views."

    Please visit the press releases section to view the full response,