While glass recycling rates have risen over the last decade in the UK, the amount of recycled content in glass containers has fallen, according to a report released by WRAP. This is due to a shortage of high-quality cullet caused by the co-mingling of recovered glass during collection and processing by UK municipal councils.
UK companies are moving closer to facing mandatory reporting and limits on their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This follows the launch of a voluntary standard on calculating carbon emissions, as well as news that the Government is set to publish a review of packaging policy that could include a carbon count.
The current economic crisis has hit the packaging industry hard, as several companies have either gone into administration or have made major cutbacks. UK industry analysts Plimsoll Publishing predict a series of takeovers and sell-offs in the market in the next two years.
Young engineers can post comments on the state of engineering in the UK on a new e-forum. These views will inform the House of Commons Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee as part of an in-depth inquiry which it will report on to Government.