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  •                                                                                                Ronnie Gray

    We are very sorry to advise you of the death of Ronnie Gray (78), a former Chairman of PIFA (the precursor to PAFA) who was made an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Association in 2001.

     

    Ronnie will be known to some of our longstanding members as a stalwart of our industry. His early career in packaging involved a move from Managing Director of a metal packaging company to build one of the industry's most successful businesses in thermoformed pvc packaging, Polbeth Packaging based in Livingston, West Lothian. He sold this business to USA conglomerate - the Packaging Corporation of America (later Pactiv Corporation) which saw him frequently shuttling to the USA on Concorde. Ronnie retired from PCA in 1996 but remained a passionate and active supporter of plastic packaging and, in particular, pvc thermoformed products.

     

    Jim Pugh, former PIFA Chief Executive, said "Ronnie kept in touch right to the end in a manner that reflected his commitment and great courage. The industry has lost a wise leader and a tireless supporter in the days of PIFA."

     

    Jim's successor as PAFA CEO, David Tyson added, "Ronnie was an inspiration. All the good things a business man should be. I remember his passionate support for the industry and for fighting the attacks on it, particularly those against PVC."

     

    Other tributes referred to Ronnie as a tough negotiator but a warm, witty, kind and considerate personality who would always offer a helping hand to those who needed support. His anecdotes of a long and eventful life in plastic packaging continue to be fondly shared amongst his contemporaries.

     

    Ronnie also co-founded Lowland Inns Ltd which was most noted for creating the Edinburgh Canal Centre at the Bridge Inn, Ratho, revitalizing the Scottish Lowland Canal system. He spent his retirement mostly in Spain and Edinburgh but he always remained an active member of the business community. He mentored many small and medium-sized Edinburgh businesses on behalf of Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Chamber of Commerce. He was also a non-executive director of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

     

    Ronnie leaves a wife Wendy whom he married in 1959. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage. He also leaves a son and daughter.

     

    The funeral is on Friday 27th March at 3pm at Colinton Parish Church, Del Road, Edinburgh EH13 0JR. Family flowers only. The family would welcome donations, charity details from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     
  • PAFA comments on how to aid plastic recycling industry after meeting Defra Minister

    PAFA along with other members of the plastic packaging and supply chain industries have highlighted recent recycling successes following a meeting this week with recycling minister Dan Rogerson.

     

    The meeting acknowledged the achievement made by retailers and dairies under the Dairy Roadmap in working together to increase the recycled content of milk bottles to nearly 30%, as well as the increase of the percentage of recycled content used in new products.Attendees recognised the challenges facing all those in the supply chain and discussed how the industry can build on successes to improve recycling rates and continue to surpass targets.

     

    PAFA CEO Barry Turner said;

     

    "Tremendous progress has been made by the UK plastic recycling industry over recent years. However no one could have foreseen the way raw material prices have fallen and the indirect effect of these on operating margins of re-processors. As a result business models in some cases will need to be changed and business efficiency levels may need  to move up a gear for one thing is certain no one can assume that these sort of market shocks wont happen again in the future.

     

    In terms of what could be done to help the present market right now this could take a number of forms  but for those that need immediate help government and other stakeholders could step in to provide temporary breathing space whilst the necessary changes are made. 
     
    However a number of structural issues then need to be addressed and these seem to include the need for brands and retailers to consider how committed they are to the inclusion of recycled content in food and drink applications and more importantly on what terms.
     
    Re-processors need certainty that they can obtain feedstock at a known price and quality level and equally can then sell this on once processed at a price that will allow them to to operate and grow .
     
    Finally the steps being taken by government to ensure those re-processors operating in the UK are not disadvantaged need to be fully implemented. It really is time for all stakeholders to come together with a joint resolve to build a coherent strategy for this sector if this country is really serious about developing either a circular economy or indeed a resource efficient economy."

    You can view coverage of this at http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/rogerson-assesses-options-to-support-plastics-recycling 

     
  • PAFA responds to claims that plastic packaging should be replaced with a mushroom alternative!

    PAFA has dismissed claims by the Business Waste organisation that plastics packaging should be replaced by a mushroom-based alternative.

     

    Waste management company Business Waste has said plastic packaging for factory goods should be banned in all but the most exceptional of cases now that alternative products are on the market.

     

    "As a nation, Britain uses over a quarter of a million tons of plastic every year, with a sizeable proportion used in packaging," said Business Waste spokesman Mark Hall. "With newly-emerging packing based on biodegradable mushrooms available, the days of plastic are numbered.


    In response, PAFA CEO, Barry Turner said;

    "The objective of any circular economy or good environmental practice is to recover resource and that is what the EU, the plastics industry and UK government is seeking to do.

    Around about a third of all plastic packaging is currently recycled in the UK and rates achieved in the commercial and industrial sector are substantially higher.

    It is therefore disappointing to hear commentators inferring that perfectly recyclable plastic can only be destined for landfill and that material cost savings could be realised 
    by switching to biodegradable materials when it is well accepted that the use of many of the currently available compostable materials would in all likelihood increase 
    costs not reduce them."

    You can view the coverage of the PAFA response at http://www.prw.com/subscriber/headlines2.html?cat=1&id=6684
     
  • Budget 2015 Summary

     

    Business and Employment

    • Increasing UK Trade & Investment's resources to double the support for British exporters to China
    • Abolish National Insurance for those employing an apprentice from next April. After abolishing it for under 21s this April
    • Abolish Class 2 National insurance for self-employed entirely
    • Personal tax free allowance rise to £10,800 in 2016 and £11,000 in 2017
    • The 40p threshold will rise above inflation to £43,300 by 2017/18
    • A new personal savings allowance to take 95 per cent of taxpayers out of savings tax. From April 2016, first £1,000 on savings from earnings will be tax free and the upper tax payers allowance will be set at £500 

     

    Financial Services, Spending and Borrowing

    • Debt as share of GDP to start falling in 2015/16, a year earlier than expected
    • In 2019-20, public spending will grow in line with the growth of the economy
    • Government spending as a proportion of GDP will be at the same level as 2000 by the end of the next Parliament
    • £30bn further savings to be achieved by 2017-18, which will include  £13bn of savings from government departments, £12bn from welfare savings and £5bn from tackling tax avoidance and evasion
    • The share of income tax paid by the top 1 per cent of taxpayers is projected to rise from 25 per cent in 2010 to over 27 per cent this year
    • Lifetime pension relief allowance reduced from £1.25m to £1m, allowanced to be indexed from 2018
    • Legislating for the new Common Reporting Standard on tax avoidance
    • Conducting a review on avoidance of inheritance tax on use of deeds of variation and report by autumn 2015
    • Raising the rate of the bank levy to 0.21 per cent, to raise an additional £900m a year.
    • Abolish annual tax return altogether and updated online tax accounts to manage complex accounts online
    • A new Help to Buy ISA will be introduced, for every £200 saved for a housing deposit, the government will contribute £50 more
    • A "radically" more flexible ISA to give complete freedom to tax money out, and put it back in later in the year, without losing any tax-free entitlement
    • Increasing the rate of the bank levy (one of the taxes that banks pay) from 1 April 2015
    • A new £1 coin will be released   

     

    Education and Skills

    • £140m funding for world class research across UK
    • The government will also conduct a review into how the government can strengthen its funding for postgraduate research.

     

    Energy and Environment

    • Farmers will be allowed to average out their income over five years for tax purposes
    • The West Midlands' Energy Research Accelerator gets £60m, with new national energy catapult to be based in Birmingham
    • Opening negotiations for the tidal energy project in Swansea Bay
    • Compensation package for energy intensive industries brought forward
    • £1.3bn of support for the oil and gas industry
    • A new "a single, simple and generous tax allowance to stimulate investment at all stages of the industry" for the oil and gas industry.
    • From next year, the Petroleum Revenue Tax will be cut from 50 per cent to 35 per cent to support continued production in older fields
    • Cutting the Supplementary Charge from 30 per cent to 20 per cent, and backdating it to the beginning of January
    • Reducing oil and gas taxes to increase competitiveness in the North Sea
    • Investment in new seismic surveys in under-explored areas of the UK Continental Shelf   

     

    Science, Research and Defence

    • £140m for world-class research across UK into the infrastructure and cities of the future 

     

    Transport and Infrastructure

    • A comprehensive transport strategy for the North, due to published next week
    • New rail franchise for the South West, with £7bn of investment in roads and air links
    • Abolish higher bands for vans and buses
    • Expanding broadband vouchers to more cities
    • Committing to a national ambition to 100 megabits per second to nearly all homes in Britain
    • Provide funding for Wi-Fi in public libraries and Wi-Fi vouchers for cities
    • £600m to improve mobile phone networks and reach all communities
    • Cancelling the fuel duty increase scheduled for September
    • £100m investment in driverless technology
    • Increase company car tax more slowly than previously planned
    • The Severn Crossing's toll rates will be cut from 2018    

     

    Local Government and Housing

    • Treble funding for church roof appeals
    • New City Deal for combined West Yorkshire Com Authority
    • 100 per cent business rate growth to be kept for Manchester Combined, Cambridge and surrounding councils. The door is open to other councils to approach the HM Treasury for the same deal
    • Confirming first twenty housing zones, and creating eight enterprise zones
    • New powers for the Mayor over skills and planning
    • New funding for the London Land Commission to help address the acute housing shortage in the capital
    • Introduce a new Help to Buy ISA (details as listed in Financial Services section)
     
  • PAFA says Carrier Bag legislation will cause consumer confusion and has ignored expert advice

    The UK carrier bag industry says that the bag tax legislation due to come into force in England on 5 October has been rushed through before the general election with the result that it ignores many expert views, is incomplete on the issue of exemptions, ill-advised on the role of so-called biodegradable bags, out of line with similar taxes in Wales and Scotland and will cause widespread retailer and consumer confusion across the UK.

    Following the go-ahead for the new tax given yesterday by Dan Rogerson, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Barry Turner CEO of PAFA (UK Packaging and Films Association) said, “It’s particularly disappointing that the Minister is not taking account of the many representations made not just by our own industry but by retailers and other expert organisations including the government’s own environmental audit committee particularly on the proposed exemptions to this tax. This will inevitably result in confusing messages for retailers and for consumers. The Minister seems to be at odds with his own party who have committed to making the policy free of exemptions to bring it into line with legislation that is active in Wales and Scotland. 

    You can read the full press release at http://www.pafa.org.uk/media-centre-142/press-releases

     
  • 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 http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/150121.htm

     
  • 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 http://www.pafa.org.uk/environment-27/recycle  

     

    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 www.pafa.org.uk/environment-27/recycle

     

     
  • 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 www.pafa.org.uk/media-centre-142/press-releases  

     
  • 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 http://www.coveris.com/coveris-launches-new-website

     
  • #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 @ http://www.pledge4plastics.co.uk  

     

    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 http://www.pledge4plastics.co.uk/toolkit-download  

     

     
  • 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  http://www.pafa.org.uk/resource-centre-48

    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 http://www.pafa.org.uk/packaging-and-recyclability-guidance-benefit

     

     
  • 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.

    Taxes

    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

    Energy

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

    Transport

    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 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/293759/37630_Budget_2014_Web_Accessible.pdf  

     
  • 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 http://www.pafa.org.uk/media-centre-142/press-releases