Defra convenes industry taskforce on litter

Retailers, coffee shops and food and drinks manufacturers have been invited to advise the government on the role packaging design could play in reducing litter.

The taskforce, to be chaired by the environment department (Defra), will look at design features such as the number of components in common items, such as detachable caps on plastic drinks bottles, takeaway meal bags, sandwich packs and confectionary. It will report later this year.

The taskforce is part of the government’s anti-littering strategy, launched today. Cleaning up litter cost local government £778m in 2015/16 and research for Defra found that 81% of people see litter as a problem in their area. 

As well as working with retailers and manufacturers on improving packaging, the strategy includes measures on education and behaviour change; better infrastructure for ...

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