Packaging plan falls short of recycling target

The packaging and retail industries have submitted a plan to the Government which proposes that they could recycle 42% of all used packaging by 1999. The plan is conditional on extensive actions by other parties, and falls well short of making an equitable contribution to the household waste recycling target set by the Government.

The plan was drafted by the Consortium of the Packaging Chain (COPAC) from proposals submitted by seven packaging and retail industry groups. It represents their response to repeated official warnings since 1990 that they must come forward with credible proposals on recycling or face the legislative consequences.

The Government itself is under pressure from two quarters. It needs to ensure progress towards its target to recycle half of re

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