UK Paper Packaging Leaders Calls for Transition Away from Plastic in Wake of PPT Success

The recently implemented Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) in the UK has exceeded revenue expectations in its first year, generating over £200 million according to HMRC. This surprising outcome highlights the scale of plastic waste in the UK and the urgent need to transition to more sustainable alternatives, according to leading UK paper packaging manufacturer Branded Paper Cups ( a Scyphus company).

“The success of the PPT shows that we as a nation consume far too much unchecked plastic packaging. The revenues generated are a sign that citizens and businesses want change but need help transitioning away from plastic,” said Leslie Carr, Director, Scyphus.

The company states that plastic has drawbacks in terms of recyclability, fossil fuel usage, and pollution. By swapping to sustainably sourced paper packaging, businesses can align themselves with public sentiment on reducing plastic waste.

“Paper packaging ticks all the boxes in terms of sustainability. It’s recyclable, renewable, and compostable. We urge businesses to help drive positive environmental impact by choosing paper over plastic,” said Lez.

However, Branded Paper Cups warns that current recycling infrastructure in the UK is insufficient for dealing with plastic waste, jeopardizing the goals of the PPT. They call on the government to invest PPT revenues into dramatically improving recycling capabilities nationwide.

“We cannot thrive in a throwaway culture built on plastic. The time for paper is now,” concluded Lez Carr. Scyphus hopes that the  upcoming events like London Packaging Week can further spread this message.


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