Volumes of glass, paper, card and steel packaging placed onto the market in the UK are likely to have increased by around 4%, and aluminium packaging by 11%, reports published by WRAP this week suggest.
The reports, compiled by Valpak, update previous projections on the volumes of packaging produced from 2012 through to 2014, using data from 2017. These estimates are important when considering the packaging sector’s ability to meet current and future national and EU packaging recycling targets.
Published this week, the Material Flows 2025 reports take the estimated ‘placed on market’ data for different packaging streets and compare this with data on the amount of packaging collected for recycling – to make a projection of the potential to meet targets into the middle of the next decade.
For aluminium and paper & card packaging, WRAP estimates that these materials are expected to meet their recycling targets in 2019 and 2020 as well as their proposed material specific Circular Economy Package (CEP) targets in 2025.
Steel packaging is expected to meet its recycling target 2019 but is likely to fall short of its target in 2020, WRAP suggests. For wood packaging, WRAP has claimed that there is a ‘moderate possibility’ of meeting recycling targets up to 2020.
However, glass packaging is expected to fall short of its recycling targets in 2019 and 2020, WRAP says, although the proposed CEP target of 70% in 2025 is likely to be met.
“It’s important for industry to be aware that further actions may be required to ensure that future recycling targets are met.”
Commenting on the projections, WRAP economist Peter Sainsbury, said: “The Material Flow reports highlight the potential risks to meeting each packaging material recycling target, and so it’s important for industry to be aware that further actions may be required to ensure that future recycling targets are met.”
Previous work has been carried out to estimate the volume of plastic packaging placed onto the market within the UK.
Published in October 2018, PlasticFlow 2025 suggested that the volume of plastic packaging had increased by 141,000 tonnes when compared to estimates compiled in 2014.