Trends in environmental impacts of drinks packaging

The amount of drinks packaging waste generated in the UK increased by 56,000 tonnes between 1986 and 1990, although the efficiency of delivering the beverages improved, according to an assessment conducted for the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN).1 The packaging industry has taken the results as proof that policy should not enforce recycling and refilling, but environmentalists say that the Government needs to limit the amount of packaging produced. After an error in the original calculations was corrected, the results also showed that refillable packaging does better in environmental terms than INCPEN had contended.

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