Written evidence submitted by Peel L&P (PW0034)


1              What measures should the UK Government take to reduce the production and disposal of singles use plastics in England? Are the measures announced so far, including a ban on certain single use plastics and a plastic packaging tax, sufficient?


We would like to make the following points:

Plastic reduction measures

Areas to be addressed


2              How should alternatives to plastic consumption be identified and supported, without resorting to more environmentally damaging options?


Lifecycle assessment (LCA) should be the main tool to assess potential material substitutions, along with material supply chain tracing to ensure that the LCA is accurate and applicable.


3              Is the UK Government’s target of eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042 ambitious enough?


The level of ambition depends on the framework that supports this target, how the criteria for “avoidable” are set, and how progress towards the target is monitored and supported.


4              Will the UK Government be able to achieve its shorter-term ambition of working towards all plastic packaging placed on the market being recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025?


It is possible that this target will be achieved as industry has responded relatively strongly to the UK Plastics Pact and Ellen Macarthur Foundation (EMF) New Plastics Economy commitments.


5              Does the UK Government need to do more to ensure that plastic waste is not exported and then managed unsustainably? If so, what steps should it take?


Starting with China’s waste import policies in 2018, there has been a significant global shift in waste import/export, and many of the UK’s major export destinations have implemented stricter import controls or outright bans. In the latest development, Turkey (imported ~210,000 tonnes of waste plastic from UK in 2020, HS 3915, TradeMap) has implemented a plastics import ban in the past summer; while this has been reduced in scope (with the country now accepting PET), it is another signal that the UK needs to focus on developing its own recycling sector.

A combination of implementing stricter export controls and developing in-country recycling infrastructure is required with the ambition to develop a flexible and future-proofed system. Additionally, comprehensive waste tracking and data gathering is sorely needed to develop an accurate picture of material flows in the UK and to identify local processing capacity gaps.

Driving local supply



Accelerating development of UK recycling and treatment infrastructure

Protos Park – how Peel is developing a forward-looking solution to plastics recycling

Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, is looking to build a Plastic Park in North West England to process some of the 4.9 million tonnes of plastic waste produced in the UK each year. The £165m Plastic Park will be located at Protos, the company’s strategic energy and resource hub near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, and will cluster together innovative processing and treatment technologies to get the most value from plastic waste.

Peel NRE is seeking planning approval for a number of facilities which would provide capacity for up to 367,500 tonnes of mixed recyclables and plastic and save 170,000 tonnes of CO2 every year i.e.

In total this single development will create over 180 jobs on-site and locally during construction (along with £52.3 million GVA impact directly and on the local economy) and over 350 jobs in operation (plus £20.3m direct and locally generated GVA annually) from recycling plastics within the UK rather than exporting this material and these economic benefits outside of the UK. This amounts to ~£560m GVA over an estimated 25-year lifetime of the facility.


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