What\’s the real price of getting rid of plastic packaging? – UKPosted on July 11, 2018 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations, Plastic Waste News
Plastic litter now clutters every part of our planet, from remote parts of the Antarctic to the deepest ocean trenches.
High profile campaigns and TV programmes such as the finale of the BBC’s Blue Planet II, where Sir David Attenborough highlighted the problems plastics are causing in the world’s oceans, have led to growing public alarm over the issue. In response to mounting pressure, governments, manufacturers and retailers are beginning to take steps to tackle the tide of plastic waste. But how much will this fundemantal change to the way we buy our goods actually cost?
Many of the companies attempting to tackle the amount of plastic waste generated by their products admit it will eat into their profits. Coca-Cola, for example, produces 38,250 tonnes of plastic packaging in the UK each year and estimates indicate it sells more than 110 billion single-use plastic bottles globally. The company has pledged to double the amount of recycled material in its plastic bottles in the UK and is trialling refillable bottles. Although it refuses to give details, Coca-Cola says these efforts will increase costs.
This article focus heavily on the extra cost to produce more responsible plastic items yet tries to avoid the cost of correct disposable of them. Just the greed of industry showing through once again and their lack of care about the consequence of their products. This has to change.