Packaging waste

The brewing and pub industry is fully committed to packaging optimisation and reducing waste. The BBPA operates a ground-breaking not-for-profit packaging waste compliance scheme, Sustain, for members and other drinks companies. We also work with a range of stakeholders to support effective practices in reducing packaging waste and increasing recycling.

More recently, the BBPA and SBPA have been working on understanding the effects which deposit return schemes will have on the on-trade. The BBPA consultation response is available to members on request. The SBPA will continue to work closely to monitor deposit return schemes which are to be implemented in Scotland.

  • BBPA provides guidance on alternatives to plastic straws

    15 March 2018

    Today, the BBPA has published guidance for pubs on alternatives to plastic straws. The guidance outlines the various recyclable, reusable and biodegradable options, including wheat, paper and glass straws. The guidance also provides information on food safety and food hygiene compliance. The BBPA and its members are fully committed to reducing the use of plastic and plastic waste. The guidance published today urges members to stop issuing plastic straws and consider environmentally-friendly alternatives instead. The BBPA are also working with the British Institute of Innkeeping and others to look at bio-degradable alternatives and the composting and recycling capacity for such products. In the Spring Statement this week the Chancellor launched a consultation on reducing single-use plastic across the whole supply chain. The BBPA will be responding to the consultation to highlight the role brewing and pubs can play in this. Last week the Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, Brigid Simmonds met with Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, to discuss reducing the use of plastic straws in pubs across the UK. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, comments: “Pubs are already working hard to reduce the amount of single-use plastics being used. This includes only giving straws to those who ask. One of the easiest ways pubs can continue to reduce plastic waste is by using environmentally-friendly alternatives to straws and the guidance we have published today will help pubs and all licensees in cutting back on their use of plastics.”

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  • Pubs should be exempt from any deposit scheme, says BBPA

    01 December 2017

    The brewing and pub industry has a good record on recycling and should be exempt from any deposit scheme that emerges from a current Government consultation – this is the key message from the British Beer & Pub Association in its response to the Defra call-for-evidence on the issue.   The BBPA believes that on current evidence, a universal deposit scheme on all beverage containers would create “another unnecessary pressure for the industry”. With the current Government focus rightly on tackling plastic waste, the response argues that litter and waste is not such an issue with more typical beer and pub industry glass and aluminium cans, both of which are widely recycled and make up a very small proportion of litter.   The current Packaging Return Note (PRN) system has been successful in improving recycling rates and the associated infrastructure required. The BBPA also operates SUSTAIN, its own, not-for-profit packaging waste compliance scheme specifically for the drinks industry and has worked with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and Incpen to reduce overall waste and packaging in the hospitality sector. The BBPA signed up to the voluntary agreement, the Courtauld Commitment 2025, and is keen to continue working with WRAP to reduce waste in this sector.   BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simonds comments:   “It is right that the Government should focus on plastic waste from on-the-go consumption. The beer and pub industry contributes a significant amount to the current recycling infrastructure through the PRN system, ensuring a high rate of recycling of glass bottles and cans. With 93% of beer sales in pubs from reusable kegs and casks this also displaces billions of individual containers in each year. A deposit scheme would impose new costs on pubs, which already face big financial pressures. It is important therefore that pubs are exempt from any deposit scheme.”

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