Snowfall before 2009 – photo Steve Keys
Defra has published a new strategy for managing waste packaging: New Packaging Strategy, Making the most of packaging,
Defra writes that the new publication ‘ outlines packaging policy’s direction for the next decade. The Strategy’s overall aim is to minimise the environmental impact of packaging, without compromising its ability to protect the product and also sets out plans to improve the recycling of packaging waste.’
‘In 2008 the UK disposed of an estimated 10.7 million tonnes of packaging waste, of which around 65 % (Source NPWD) was recovered. This is a significant achievement when compared to the fact that only 27% of packaging waste was recovered in 1998 (Source publication: e-Digest of Environmental Statistics, March 2006). However, more still needs to be done and Defra will continue working to:
- minimise the amount of packaging used and so the amount of packaging waste, and
- ensure that a high proportion of packaging materials are recovered and recycled
The management of packaging and packaging waste is enforced by EC directive 2004/12/EC which seeks to reduce the impact of packaging and packaging waste on the environment by introducing recovery and recycling targets for packaging waste and by encouraging minimisation and reuse.‘
Loughborough University subscribes to several online journals which cover packaging and the environemt, such as Packaging Magazine, Paperboard Packaging, Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management and Waste News etc, which can be accessed via MetaLib. [Athens username and password required for off campus access.].
The University Library also has a comprehensive collection of books on packaging design, graphic design and aesthetics of packaging, innovation, sustainability, structure and environmental issues.
If you would like to learn more about UK packaging and waste mangement, please see the links below.
Packaging & Packaging Waste – recycling and recovery targets
EU directive 2004/12/EC
The Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP)
Department of Design and Technology, Loughborough University