WRAP: Compostable plastic packaging guidance
UK waste charity WRAP has published guidance on compostable plastic packaging, aimed at retailers and manufacturers. The guidance covers what compostable plastics are, how they might contaminate conventional plastic recycling processes, how to label them appropriately to help people dispose of them, and six applications where compostable plastic packaging is likely to be beneficial within the UK’s current waste management infrastructure.
The six applications are:
- Food caddy liners (for collection of compostable waste) and bags for loose fruit and vegetables
- Stickers on fruit and vegetables
- Tea bags
- Coffee pods for coffee machines
- Ready meal trays (which could then be composted even when traces of food remain on them)
- Closed loop situations such as at festivals or within individual buildings (e.g. coffee shops)
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.