UK use of black plastic believed to have dropped to 10,000 tonnes in 2020

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RECOUP’s Black Plastic Packaging Forum believes use of black plastic has fallen to just 10,000 tonnes per year going into 2020.

This means it has fallen from a peak of 36,000 tonnes and now represents just 0.7% of consumer packaging placed on the market each year.

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RECOUP is now arguing that all of this packaging should be recyclable in current, commercial scale recycling systems by 2025.

Its chief executive Stuart Foster said: “The ultimate aim is to drive black plastic recycling forwards in a practical and sensible way, turning ambitions and collaborative thinking into actual delivery.”

The use of this plastic has been reduced by companies using non-carbon black pigments or alternative colours instead.

RECOUP’s report is available here

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