PFF Responds to New Plastic Packaging Tax

The PFF Packaging Group has welcomed the decision by Chancellor Philip Hammond

The PFF Packaging Group has welcomed the decision by Chancellor Philip Hammond to introduce a tax on the manufacture and import of single use plastics which contain less than 30% recycled material. Group Managing Director Kenton Robbins said it was a very positive move towards increasing sustainability but urged retailers to also play their part by ensuring they’re confident that their packaging suppliers can meet and exceed that criteria.

“We anticipated this happening quite some years ago and so implemented a number of measures to ensure that our products contained a high proportion of recycled content,” he commented. “Most of our food packaging products now contain up to 80%, sometimes 90%, rPET recyclate which of course in turn makes them fully recyclable.

“However, we firmly believe that over the next few years the major supermarkets and food retailers will play a significant role in transforming the economics of sustainable packaging so we urge them to check that their suppliers are capable of delivering at this level.”

PFF has invested significantly over the last 10 years in environmentally-friendly processes and materials to ensure that products manufactured at both its Keighley and Washington sites are 100% recyclable and have the smallest environmental footprint possible.

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