Legally Require UK food packaging to specify "non-recyclable"
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Food packaging is a major contributor to landfill waste.
And the amount of waste ending up in landfills is going up, not down. Landfill waste increased from 193m tonnes in 2012 to 202m tonnes in 2014.
We need to raise awareness about how food packaging contributes to this problem. This starts with transparency from the side of the food manufacturer and their relationship with the consumer.
If a food is packaged using non-recyclable packaging, it should be clearly labelled as "non-recyclable". At the moment, there are a confusing array of packaging labels many of which the food company has no legal obligation to display on their product.
This problem is exacerbated by how plastics are displayed using a triangular symbol with a closed-loop arrow diagram. This symbol is very similar to the recyclable symbol. Let's bring back clarity and legally oblige the producer to state "non-recyclable" on their packaging.
By writing "non-recyclable" on the package, conscious consumers can immediately identify which products are ethically packaged. If the packaging involves different components, for example a bottle and a lid, the food company should be required to explicitly state "lid is non-recyclable".
I believe that if we require manufacturers to explicitly state whether their packaging is recyclable or not, there will be a significant reaction from consumers. This in turn will force the food industry to rethink their packaging.
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