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Viridor a founder signatory to UK Plastics Pact

26th April 2018

Viridor is a founder signatory to the UK Plastics Pact, an initiative supported by the UK Government which aims to bring consumer brands, packaging, retail and recycling companies together to tackle plastic pollution and to maximise recycling and reprocessing opportunities.

Viridor’s Regulatory Affairs Director Dan Cooke will join a panel discussion at today’s (Thursday, 26 May 2018) launch event in London.

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, will address the launch event, which is hosted by resource efficiency organisation WRAP, today.

Dan said: “The Pact sets out clear UK ambitions for a more responsible and resource-efficient approach to plastics by all sectors, including our own, and provides the practical framework Viridor has been calling for so long.

“The UK uses 38.5 million plastic bottles every day, of which 15 million are still not recycled.

And that’s just the bottles. This shows the scale of the opportunity that we all have to make a real difference.

“This Pact is a big step forward because it enables all stakeholders to direct their efforts to meaningful change on plastic. This includes consistent local authority collections to make it easier for households to put the right stuff in the right bin.

“The Pact also includes crucial commitments to design products for easier recyclability and to include more recycled content into the material being produced which will create the market demand to underpin the recycling process and greater investment in innovation.

“As a leading UK recycler, Viridor has continued to invest in sophisticated and innovative new sorting and reprocessing technology. We recognise business and public appetite for more recycling and we are keen to do more so we can maximise the volumes recycled and contribute to a more resource-efficient UK.”

Some 42 businesses, including plastics recycling and reprocessing companies such as Viridor, packaging suppliers and major food, drink and non-food brands are Pact members.

This group has committed to the following targets by 2025:

  • Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (re-use) delivery models.
  • 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable.
  • 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted.
  • 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.


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