Coronavirus has moved foodservice wholesaler Bidfood to work with packaging company Smurfit Kappa to send food parcels containing products from brands including Nescafé, Heinz and Tilda to 1.5m vulnerable people.
Moving to a single compliance point for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regarding local authority-collected packaging waste could hugely increase costs for food and drink brand-owners, according to sustainability experts.
Shortages in packaging supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the coronavirus could spark compliance issues for food and drink manufacturers, according to food safety assurance specialist Lloyd’s Register.
Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo are responsible for half a million tonnes of plastic pollution burnt or dumped in just six developing countries, according to a report from non-governmental organisation Tearfund.
As non-profit organisation OPRL (On-Pack Recycling Label) consolidates its new ‘binary’, rules-based system for indicating materials’ recyclability, some of the challenges with this more rigid type of approach are starting to emerge.