This causes an environmental problem. In 2011, WRAP projected that the volume of black plastic packaging entering the UK waste stream was around 30,000-60,000 tons. In 2016, recycling charity Recoup put the figure from the grocery sector to make up 35,000 tons. Alerted by Marcus Gover, Chief Executive of WRAP, manufacturers, packers, retailers, brand names, material preprocessors and trade associations have agreed on two points: to use tried and tested, detectable pigment, as well as to utilize new technology solutions to sort existing black plastic packaging material. Lastly, people associated with this reform, like Paul Vanston, Chief Executive of the UK packaging industry group Incpen, expressed the challenge of securing an agreement on the economic feasibility to change from black to an alternative color.
(Packaging Strategies, October 31, 2017)

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