30% recycled stretch wrap anticipates new plastic tax
In a move that anticipates the scheduled 2022 UK plastic tax, Coventry-based Macfarlane Packaging has announced that its blown hand-applied stretch film has been reformulated to include 30% recycled content. This means that these products will not be liable to the additional tax of £200 per tonne. The new tax is an attempt by the UK government to encourage greater levels of plastic recycling. The product lines to benefit from this change will be their Heavy, Super Heavy and Extra Heavy blown stretch films. The addition of 30% recycled material will take out an estimated 250 tonnes of virgin material annually. The move is part of Macfarlane’s commitment to sustainability and follows their move to Sealed Air’s Air Cap bubble wrap which has a recycled content of 50% and has already resulted in the removal of 100 tonnes of virgin plastic. See also Stretch film introduced with 75% recycled material.
UK legislation policy has directed that there will be a tax for plastic packaging that does not have at least 30% recycled content. See UK to tax plastic packaging with less than 30% of recycled content.
The recycled content for stretch film without functional compromise improves the sustainability of this pack format.
This has applications across sectors using stretch wrap.