The industry uses plastics and other packaging materials primarily to protect products across the supply chain and ensure they reach the consumer in a safe and optimal condition; packaging therefore also plays an important role in preventing food waste and contributing to the sustainability of the whole supply chain.

The FDF and its members acknowledge their share of responsibility for the impact of packaging on the environment, alongside our value chain partners and stakeholders. A key example is when packaging finds its way into the environment as litter rather than being disposed of responsibly and kept in the circular economy through recycling.

The FDF is a founding signatory of the UK Plastics Pact, bringing together the entire plastics value chain under one ambitious set of targets. We are fully committed to working with our value chain, Governments, and consumers on reform of the recycling system in the UK and to building a truly circular economy for food and drink packaging.

Updates & milestones

Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT): Resources on packaging in scope and liability to register

HMRC have shared with us resources to help businesses prepare for the PPT.

Please review this decision tree to check if your plastic packaging is in scope of the PPT and this guidance to check if you are liable and need to register for the PPT.

Date for return of the Environment Bill confirmed

It has been confirmed that the Environment Bill will return to Parliament on 26 May to finish Commons Report stages, before proceeding to the Lords.

Packaging consultations update

On 24 March the UK Governments published the following packaging consultations with a deadline for comment of 4 June 2021:

Packaging and packaging waste: introducing Extended Producer Responsibility

Introduction of a deposit return scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The Consistency of Recycling Collections consultation (England only) will be published in due course, which Defra hope will be over the next few weeks.

We will be developing a project plan for responding to the consultations and sharing this with members shortly.

Ambition 2025 progress report and mid-term review published

On 24 February, the FDF launched our Ambition 2025 Mid-term Review and Ambition 2025 Progress Report 2020 which was supported by a series of member case studies.

As highlighted in this year’s progress report, there has been exceptional progress in some areas, including:

  • 55% reduction in CO2 emissions, five years before the target was due to be reached.
  • 41.5% reduction in absolute water consumption in 2019 and support for the Courtauld 2025 Water Ambition.
  • Contributed to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.
  • Continued to build relationships with key stakeholders and with UK governments including through engagement on various the Plastics tax; undertook advocacy on PRN cost crisis; supported the UK Plastics Pact; and launched new guidelines on using recycled content in plastic packaging applications.
  • Promoted the fewer and friendlier miles agenda through FDF’s 10 Point Checklist.
  • Updated and promoted the Sustainability Resource Hub.
  • Promoted the FDF Natural Capital Awareness Document.

The FDF also published a press release, with supporting quote from Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow MP. The launch has been extensively covered across the trade media.

FDF Podcast – Sustainability: Plastic and Packaging Update

Catch up on Day One: Session Three of the FDF Convention discussing plastic tax, and if Coivd-19 has set back progress on reducing plastic use.

Available for listening on Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music and all other major podcast platforms.

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Food and drink companies - Get ready for the plastic tax

The Plastic Packaging Tax, came into force on 1 April 2022. It is critical that food and drink businesses understand what they need to do ahead of implementation. FDF Scotland's CEO - David Thomson - sat down with Stuart McCallum, the Head of Food and Drink for RSM UK to find out more.

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