Reduce all single-use packaging, not just plastic, say MPs

Ministers must take care to ensure that moves to ban single-use plastic packaging do not result in worse overall environmental outcomes as in some cases plastic packing is still the most suitable material for use, a committee of backbench MPs has warned.

In its latest report on plastic food and drink packaging, published today, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee said that the government had placed great emphasis on reducing plastic waste and pollution. However, it argued that other impacts, such as carbon emissions, must also be considered when determining which materials should be used in packaging.

“In some cases, plastic may be the most suitable material, if waste is properly managed,” it states. 

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