Two new courses developed by the British Plastics Federation (BPF) and funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are being introduced with the goal of supporting the UK's plastics supply chain in creating more sustainable and easy-to-recycle packaging.
The new training courses are part of an initiative from the two organisations to educate and support the sector on how to reduce the impact of plastics on the environment. A range of environmental topics, including the life cycle approach, causes and solutions to marine litter, the principles of eco-design, bioplastics, legislation and the waste hierarchy, are addressed by these courses within the scope of the initiative.
"In launching PolymerCourses.com, the BPF has developed a platform to assist companies in educating their staff about key issues affecting their business,” said Philip Law, the BPF Director-General.
The courses strive to offer technical insights and knowledge about sustainable plastics packaging in an interesting and accessible way. Launched today, 'Plastic Packaging - Understanding the Environmental Issues', is targeted at staff at retailers, brands and manufacturers, to educate these important players about the core issues and complexities in the drive to reduce plastic packaging waste. It is available at a reduced price until the end of January 2021.
The BPF has also released two new reports already this year about sustainability and plastic recycling in the UK. Sustainability in the Plastics Supply Chain addresses key environmental issues in the plastics industry, providing examples and case studies of good practice, while the comprehensive Recycling Roadmap demonstrates how the UK recycling industry could expand in the next ten years, tripling the amount of plastic waste recycled in UK facilities, provided the right drivers are in place.