Plastic food and drink packaging


Committee information


1 Introduction

Our inquiry

2 Plastic packaging

Why is plastic used in food and drink packaging?

Plastic waste statistics

Recycling rate

3 Recycling

The UK Plastics Pact

Government proposals

Extended producer responsibility (EPR)

Plastic packaging tax

Consistency in recycling collections

Deposit return scheme

Overall Government strategy

4 Alternative materials

Assessing environmental impacts

Biodegradable and compostable plastics

Composting standards

Consumer awareness and waste collection

Closed loop systems

5 Reducing plastic packaging

What does reduction mean?

Packaging free solutions


Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: SME roundtable

Note of discussion

Glossary of acronyms

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 12 September 2019