More efficient transit packaging could cut plastic waste says new report

With the Plastics Tax now less than a year away, businesses are ignoring an important opportunity to reduce plastic consumption, according to Lindum Packaging, the UK’s leading expert on pallet wrapping and stability.

To highlight ways to reduce the 140,000 tonnes of pallet stretch wrap used annually in the UK, Lindum has launched the Transit Packaging Report, a comprehensive examination of the challenges and opportunities for plastic optimisation. It follows the launch of the UK’s first Mobile Pallet Stability Test Lab, by the Lincolnshire-based company.

The report includes contributions from some of the leading experts from across the industry, such as Professor Amar Ramudhin, director of the Logistics at Humber Development Institute, and Stuart Foster CEO of Recoup, plus specialists in legal and insurance issues affecting transit packaging.

Bernard Sellars, managing director of Lindum Packaging, said: “As specialists in the field, we believe innovative transit packaging products can significantly reduce plastic usage and drive business profitability.

“The introduction of the Plastics Tax, a growing focus on sustainability and increased concern from consumers about plastic use, mean all parts of the packaging and logistics industry are under increasing scrutiny to improve their environmental performance. Now is the time for businesses to look carefully at their transit packaging and ask if they’re using it efficiently and sustainably.”

The Transit Packaging Report highlights the challenges surrounding transit packaging reduction and gives advice on how to resolve them.

Mr Sellars added: “The Plastics Tax will apply to material with less than 30% recycled content, and with plans to tax UK businesses £200 per tonne of plastic that does not contain the minimum recycled material, businesses should now be implementing plastic reduction measures. I hope our report will help draw attention to the real opportunities to reduce plastic improve pallet stability and save businesses money.”

The report comes after Lindum launched the UK’s first Mobile Pallet Load Stability Test Lab which could save thousands of tonnes of plastic stretch film every year, cut costs and reduce product waste in transit. The test lab provides on-site, real-time pallet stability testing, replacing inconclusive transit trials or lab tests which often take place at test facilities in Europe at a cost of up to €8,000.

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