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1 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Overview of British Plastics Strategy & Initiatives Peter Davis, Director General British Plastics Federation NIPA Breakfast Seminar Belfast 20 th April 2011

2 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | The British Plastics Federation Founded in 1933 the longest established Plastics organisation in the World We represent about 85% of the industry by employees and turnover We have 400 direct member companies including processors, polymer, additive and machinery producers and recyclers. The UK Plastics Industry employs 170,000 and has a sales turnover of £18bn. Visit the BPF website

3 BPF Group Structure

4 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Central Committees Affiliated Organisations

5 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | New Westminster Government We supported urgent action to cut the £150bn deficit We welcomed Corporation Tax and Fuel Duty reductions We welcomed 75,000 new apprenticeships and cuts in Regulation BPF were consulted on Advance Manufacturing Strategy

6 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Energy 1 BPF Climate Change Agreement Agreed with Government late 2009 NIPA pioneering work recognised BPF Energy created 260 sites in the scheme, 5.2% of all CCA sites 9 sites in Northern Ireland By end % energy reduction achieved Saved 122,000 tonnes of CO 2 BPF Energy created

7 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Energy 2 New Government From April rebate down from 80% to 65% From April Gas now included We criticise CRC becoming a 2 nd Energy Tax 54 CCAs to continue till 2023 But more admin to fall on schemes Consultation paper before the summer

8 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Energy 3 Future Supply Risk 25% of coal, oil, nuclear power generation to go by 2015 Only 13 days UK gas storage OFGEM says risk of power cuts from 2016 BPF and others form Energy from Waste UK to promote benefits of EfW EfW can provide 11% of UK energy needs from unrecyclable waste

9 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Reducing Accidents SIMPL – Safety in Manufacturing Plastics 1,158 injuries, one fatality in Launched with HSE support October 2010 Guidance for members, new accident reporting format Companies invited to sign SIMPL Pledge

10 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Jan 2011Plastivision (India) May 2011 Chinaplas (China) May 2011 Plastpol (Poland) Oct 2011PlastEurasia (Turkey) 1-6 Feb 2012Plastindia (Delhi) BPF Events: Trade Shows

11 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Progress on Plastics Recycling 40% of all plastic bottles are recycled but only 78% of local authorities are collecting them 72% of HDPE milk bottles were recycled in A big increase on 57% in 2008 In the UK 53,000 tonnes of construction use PVC were recycled in % of Expanded Polystyrene packaging was recycled in 2009 Mixed Plastics recycling is being tested

12 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Launched at K 2010 with the Sustainable Manufacturing Forum, Germany Production of the 1 st edition of the Sustainable Manufacturing Guide Sustainable Manufacturing Forum held during Plastivision 2011, Mumbai,India Production of the 2 nd edition of the Sustainable Manufacturing Guide Continuation of the initiative at Chinaplas 2011, Guangzhou Launch of the 3 rd edition translated to Simplified Chinese Sustainable Manufacturing initiative

13 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Plastics 2020 Challenge We want to prevent used plastics being landfilled by 2020 It’s a valuable resource and can be recycled up to six times We want to increase the recycling of all plastic packaging from 25% to 50% by 2020 UK is Europe’s biggest land filler but we only have seven years capacity left Unrecyclables including used plastic can be used to provide much needed energy through Energy from Waste

14 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Plastics and Recycling The Plastics Industry does not want plastics landfilled, dumped or littered. We want it back for Recycling!

15 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Plastic in the Oceans - Why is it there? Marine Conservation Society Beachwatch 2009 – 64% of litter was plastics 48% of beach litter is traceable to visitors Also illegal dumping of rubbish at sea by ships and leisure craft

16 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Why is it there? (2) Fishermen and fishing boats losing or dumping tackle and equipment Poor waste management practices in ports and marinas and in landfill sites

17 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Why is it there? (3) Plastic pellets lost in transportation or down factory drains Plastic floats and is therefore visible

18 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | What can be done? The Plastics Industry does not put plastics in the sea and on beaches We want it back for Recycling and Energy Recovery It is a Global problem and requires Global action. However, our Government needs to lead and co-ordinate action to ensure all types of litter do not end up in the marine environment. We wish to work with all stakeholders to find solutions

19 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Plastics Industry Initiatives (1) Litter Prevention – Changing Behaviour We participated in MCS Beachwatch survey and clean ups in Mid September in 2010 Plastics 2020 Challenge are sponsoring MCS ‘Bottle Champions’ Recycling Campaign in 240 Primary Schools Provision and emptying of bins on beaches and in public places needs to be increased.

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21 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Plastic Industry Initiatives (2) Operation Clean Sweep Plastics Pellet Loss Prevention Launched by the BPF in 2009 Aims with a best practice manual to prevent plastic raw material escaping into the Environment Loss of raw material is money down the drain, bad for the environment and can cause accidents Companies are invited to sign an OCS Pledge BPF to co-ordinate this being rolled out across Europe

22 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Plastic Industry Initiatives (3) - Research We are sponsoring a study by the University of Ghent into the occurrence of microplastics in mussels and lugworms in France, Belgium and the Netherlands We welcome the Marine Conservation Society being on the Steering Group Work commenced on 19 th October and should be completed in one year

23 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Plastic Industry Initiatives - Pan European Plastics in Marine Litter Project a) The European Plastics Industry will propose a Waste- Free Oceans project to the EU Commission’s Life+ Programme and apply for 50% funding. Main Actions: Mapping current legislation and policy, and its effectiveness Communications and Awareness raising for fishermen, port authorities, local authorities, waste management companies, the shipping industry and schools Communication of best practice in waste management Training seminars and workshops for fishermen, port and marina workers, consumers and schools

24 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Plastic Industry Initiatives - Pan European Plastics in Marine Litter Project b) Voluntary industry initiatives such as Operation Clean Sweep Prevention of marine litter, best practices. Law enforcement and removal of marine litter such as ‘fishing for litter’. We are grateful that the Marine Conservation Society has agreed to be a partner. This Spring we will know if our Life+ application is successful.

25 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Love where you live The BPF was invited to be on the Litter Challenge Group planning for last year’s National Litter Convention We are committed to the success of LWYL At the convention the BPF gave four Pledges on plastics in marine litter: –Prevent pellet loss. Help with beach clean ups –Education. Schools bottle recycling initiative –Research into microplastics ingestion –Sponsor some bins for plastics on busy beaches

26 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | Further Initiatives On, 22 nd March 2011, at the Marine Debris Conference in Hawaii the Plastics Industry announced its Declaration on Marine Litter. The BPF is a signatory. On 20 th May in Cap Ferrat harbour the European Union of Plastics Converters will be demonstrating a special plastics trawl to clear floating plastics from coastal waters.

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28 The UK’s Leading Plastics Trade Federation Stronger Together | The Future Climate Change and over population will increase pressure on the Oceans Technological advance will help, for example intelligent fishing nets. Behavioural change, seeing waste as a resource is vital.


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