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"Best way to reduce the damaging environmental impact of plastic is to look at all possible options, including using different materials," says new MPMA CEO
Surely the best way to reduce the damaging environmental impact of plastic is to look at all possible options including using different materials where possible. Ideally, materials that are genuinely recyclable, have high recycling rates, and can be reused indefinitely.

Drowing in Jargon?
Some days, such are the complexities of the issues facing our sector, I feel that I could quite easily drown in jargon.

Cans - at the top of their game!
What do Cadbury, M&S and Rolls Royce all have in common with the can, along with Sainbury?s, Clarks and Yorkshire Tea?
Answer: they?ve all been around a very long time.

Of all the issues facing our sector, Brexit is without doubt the most important and the most uncertain issue
I am often asked ?what are the key issues facing the metal packaging sector??

A presentation by William Boyd at Packaging Innovations on Thursday 1 March, 2018

If it can't be recycled, it won't be recycled
Claims from a well-known carton manufacturer surfaced recently making direct comparisons to cans; and on sustainability credentials in particular.

If this was intended to rile, it worked. Well on me anyway!

But if it was intended to steal a march on steel (pun intended), it failed.

Because steel for packaging, cans, has the highest recycling rate of all packaging materials, 77.5 per cent according to the latest, independently verified figures from APEAL.




All metal packaging can be recycled.  The UK recycling rate for cans has tripled over the past ten years and strives towards 60%.

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