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NEW BLACK PLASTIC PACKAGING RECYCLING GROUP COMMITS TO SOLUTION BY END OF 2018.

A new cross-industry group has been formed to agree new commitments on recycling black plastic packaging.

The 'Black Plastic Packaging Recycling Forum' is comprised of over 60 members representing packaging manufacturers, packers, brands and retailers, material re-processors, trade associations and independent specialists.

It aims to tackle the long-standing challenge of recycling black plastic packaging through reviewing available and developing sorting technologies and recycling markets to understand optimal opportunities, and implementing feasible, commercial long-term sustainable solutions.

Lead by RECOUP, the Group has made a commitment to "find sustainable solutions by the end of 2018 that will enable the recycling of all black plastic packaging bottles, pots, tubs and trays."

It will follow a 'Black Plastics Packaging Recycling Roadmap' that will incorporate three objectives relating to rolling out tried and tested detectable pigment; developing business models and new technologies to sort existing black packaging materials; and assess the potential to change from black to an alternative colour.

Meeting these objectives, says RECOUP, will enable the collection, sorting and recycling of black plastic packaging, and the development of sustainable solutions which can be embraced by all members of the supply and recycling chain. This includes end market development, which is essential to ensure demand is created to enable the value of this material to be fully realised.

Stuart Foster, CEO, RECOUP, said: "Despite the inevitable politics and positioning behind issues such as black plastic recycling, our role at RECOUP is to bring the various groups and stakeholders together to make practical steps forward and build on the great work of individual organisations to date. The aim is to drive black plastic recycling forwards in a practical and sensible way, turning ambitions and collaborative thinking into actual delivery."

The Group says it aims to next provide an update at the end of 2017, with the next group meeting to be held in the coming weeks.

Helen Jordan, of the British Plastic Federation and the Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan, said: "This cross-industry group is a positive strive towards ensuring a circular economy for black plastic packaging. The work contributes towards the plastic industry's overall commitment through the Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan (PIRAP) of increasing plastic recycling."

Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager with the Co-op, said: "We know that the issue of black plastic and ready-meal trays is one of the most challenging recycling problems faced by the industry, and bringing key industry stakeholders together to co-operate and develop a solution for this complex problem is the way forward as we work towards our ambition of making 100 per cent of our packaging easy to recycle."

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