Supply Management is delivered in recyclable poly wrap ©Aubrey Smith
Supply Management is delivered in recyclable poly wrap ©Aubrey Smith

Supply Management's plastic recycling policy

Last month’s Supply Management magazine shouted that supply chains must help cut plastic – while being delivered to many in recyclable plastic

Ironic, yes, but it also neatly highlights just one of the many areas where solutions to plastic use are not yet finalised.

“We are aware of the use of single use plastic in our magazine supply chain,” says Gary Charlton, head of procurement at publishers Haymarket Media. “In the past we used oxo-degradable polywrap as this was the industry standard and it was assumed this could degrade in landfill. However, subsequently we were made aware that it left trace metal in landfill so we were advised by the PPA and Defra to switch to recyclable poly.

We supplemented this by joining the OPRL (on Pack Recycling Label) scheme that offers clear guidelines to consumers on the disposal of wrappers.

“At the moment we are certain that this is the best process for use of plastic. However, we are aware that this is still less than ideal and if a better option is made available we will we implement it as a matter of urgency.”

He is monitoring the validity of starch-based products that can bio-degrade, and hopes to trial machines that wrap and mail in paper when they are ready for testing.

What’s your biggest plastic issue? Email smeditorial@haymarket.com

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