FDBusiness.com

BPF honours RPC’s Ron Marsh as it attacks Defra recycling targets

 Breaking News
  • Brexit Deal Vital to Protecting Irish All-island Supply Chains Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food industry, has said the full implementation of the December Brexit deal was vital to protect complex all-island supply chains. The deal now needs to be put into a binding legal contract, there can be no black-sliding on clearly agreed commitments. At the launch of [...]...
  • GEA Cooling Systems For Pork Production in Russia At the end of last year, the pig slaughter and processing entity Agroeco-Yug signed a contract with the technology group GEA for the supply, installation and commissioning of an extensive cooling system. This plant will be built in the Voronezh region and will be one of Russia’s largest businesses for the slaughter and processing of [...]...
  • Modulfill Bloc FS-C Filler-seamer Block – Krones’ First Block Solution For Cans Premiered This is definitely something new – for the first time, beverage producers can buy, from Krones, an all-in-one solution for filling and seaming cans. This block is packed full of Krones’ knowledge coupled with state-of-the-art technology. Modulfill VFS-C Filler The Modulfill VFS-C is a volumetric can filler, suitable for both small and large output ranges. Depending on [...]...
  • The Best and Worst UK Supermarkets Aldi is the UK’s favourite supermarket for 2018, according to exclusive Which? research. The budget retailer has knocked Waitrose from the top spot, which it held for three years. Sainsbury’s finished in last position, with the least-satisfied in-store customers overall. Asda, Morrisons and Tesco, the other three largest supermarkets, complete the bottom half of the rankings. The [...]...
  • Branded Sales Outpace Own Label For First Time Since 2014 as Irish Shoppers Show Their Loyal Side The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 28 January 2018, show continued growth for Irish supermarkets with branded goods leading the way. David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “The recovery of branded sales began in late 2017 and has continued apace in the new year. Sales [...]...

BPF honours RPC’s Ron Marsh as it attacks Defra recycling targets

BPF honours RPC’s Ron Marsh as it attacks Defra recycling targets
October 24
10:40 2012

RPC Group chief executive Ron Marsh has been honoured for his contribution to the plastics sector at the British Plastics Federation’s annual dinner

Marsh, who recently announced plans to retire next year, was given the Gold Medal for distinguished service to the plastics industry and the BPF at the dinner last Thursday (18 October).

The medal was awarded as BPF president Philip Watkins, in his speech to the dinner, criticised the government’s stance on plastics recycling and called for the expansion of the UK’s energy from waste infrastructure.

Marsh has been at the top of the plastics packaging world for more than two decades and was instrumental in the buy-out of RPC from SCA in 1991.

At the time, RPC had five sites and 1,000 employees; it now has 51 facilities across 11 European countries with more than 7,000 employees.

Watkins presented Marsh with the honour and said: “[Marsh] was President of the British Plastics Federation in 1997-98 and has been a strong supporter of its many programmes, particularly related to plastics packaging.

“Ron has been an inspirational leader in the Plastics industry and I am proud to present him with his Gold Medal tonight.”

Recycling criticism

Elsewhere, in his speech to the event, Watkins was critical of Defra’s proposed targets for plastic packaging recycling.

He said: “Defra has proposed impossible targets, with the overall target in 2012 of 23.7% recycling rising by 5% a year to 42% in 2017.

“Only two English Councils out of 388 collect enough plastics to meet Defra’s recycling targets and the extra cost for industry will be £70 million, undermining our plastic packaging manufacturers’ competitiveness.

“Let’s not forget that iconic British product HP Sauce is now made and packed in Spain and the Netherlands – not here.”

Energy from waste

He also tackled the energy supply situation which has been at the top of the BPF’s agenda in recent times and on which it has frequently warned of energy shortages in the coming years.

He pointed to the fact that 20% of the UK’s power generating capacity is due to close down in the next decade and the regulator Ofgem’s warning of power supplies not meeting demand in the winter of 2015-16.

Watkins said: “Every month lost with no new power capacity brings the brown outs closer. Two of three energy giants who were to have built a dozen new nuclear reactors in Britain have pulled out.

“The Chief Executive of EDF once promised that in 2017 our Christmas turkeys would be cooked with the aid of power from the first new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point. This turkey is now at least three years behind schedule.

“The BPF will keep up the pressure on Government to act faster but we can help ourselves by pressing for a lot more energy from waste plants, where unrecyclable waste can provide 11% of our power needs.”

About Author

colin

colin

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • February 18, 2018Vinisud
  • February 25, 2018fish international
  • February 27, 2018Int'l Food Fair
  • February 27, 2018Warsaw Gastro Show
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements