Paddy Callaghan Nature’s Best; John Walsh, Irish Country Meats ; David Keeling , MD Keelings Aidan Cotter; Michael Hoey, MD Country Crest; Vincent Carton Manor Farm, Martin Kane
Plastics Action Alliance (PAA), the recently formed group that comprises of 11 leading agricultural processing and food businesses in Ireland including Longford based C&D Foods, have set out the key objectives of the initiative.
The industry leading group aims to significantly reducing the use of plastic packaging across their operations. Formed at the end of 2018, the PAA is a collaboration that represents significant but different elements of the agri-food sector, including ABP, Aurivo, Manor Farm, Irish Country Meats, Rosderra, Keelings, Monaghan Mushrooms, Country Crest/Ballymaguire Foods, Nature’s Best, C&D Foods and Bandon Co-Op.
The key objectives for members of the Plastics Action Alliance are:
- To reduce both the use and quantity of plastic packaging without compromising on quality, shelf life and consumer experience.
- To eliminate unnecessary single use plastics from everyday activities across all member sites by the end of 2020 – water bottles, straws coffee cups etc.
- No longer use PVC in packaging where viable alternatives exist with the required functionality by the end of 2020
- Ensure a 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging by the end of 2025
- Use cardboard packaging that is certified PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement) or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) by end of 2020.
- Proactively search for new materials from renewable sources.
- Redesign packaging to reduce the amount of plastic in each pack.
- Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through improved design, innovation or alternative renewable options by 2025.
- All plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025
- No packaging waste from any participant sites will go to landfill by the end of 2020
Aidan Cotter, the independent Chairman of the Plastics Action Alliance, said: “It is important to demonstrate that we have a real and binding commitment to the reduction of the use of plastic across our member companies, who are leaders in their respective fields in Ireland.
“The objects we have set are a tangible demonstration that the Alliance intends to take meaningful action with the introduction of further sustainable processes across their businesses. Some of the objectives we have set are ambitious, but we are confident that they will be met.”