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The Plastics 2020 Challenge

The plastics industry is more than aware of its responsibilities in a developing world. That’s why we are doing everything we can to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover our products.

But we can’t do it on our own. We need everybody to help us.

That’s why this site was created. It’s an open forum where anyone can submit their thoughts and ideas and suggest ways that we can make the world a better place.

So please, get involved today. Register now, it’s really simple to do, all we ask is that you agree to some basic rules of decency, honesty and truthfulness.

Click on any of the live debates to join in or click on the 4R’s on the right to see what we are currently doing to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover.

The Challenge

This site is part of a concerted effort by the UK plastics industry to engage the public in a nationwide debate about the use, reuse and disposal of plastics.

Although this site is funded and administered by the three associations involved with the plastics industry: PlasticsEurope, The British Plastics Federation (BPF) and the Packaging and Films Association (PAFA), the aim is to make it a one stop shop for debate on the key issues involved with plastics and the industry that makes them.

Therefore, you can see what everyone has to say about some of the key issues by checking into the live debate section of the website and we would encourage you to have your say too.

Plastics are now such an integral part of our daily lives that virtually everything we do and much of the food and drink we consume involves the use of plastics in some form or other. The range of fields and activities in which we use plastics is truly amazing from packaging, through manufacture of a hugely wide range of products to healthcare and agriculture. It has become the ultimate material for the 21st century and makes our lives possible in a way that could hardly be imagined without it.

But what do we do with the material after we have used it? Unfortunately discarded plastics have become a symbol of mankind’s waste of resources. Too much of the plastics that we use as a society are eventually thrown into landfill especially in the UK. This is a very bad habit and an inappropriate use of scarce resources both in terms of land and the plastics themselves. What is more, it is completely avoidable if we all thought about things differently. We probably won’t have any choice because the EU is raising the cost of putting rubbish into landfill to such an extent that by 2020 our bad habits will be costing all of us in the UK a lot of money out of our own pockets.

However, it does not have to be that way as with more thought we could reduce, reuse, recycle and recover plastics as a society much more efficiently than we do and avoid the need altogether for plastics to go to landfill.