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Bottles: Plastics

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 136423, tabled on 18 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the relative biodegradable properties of plastic bottles made with PET and those made with PLA.

Answered on

27 April 2018

The Government has not had any specific discussions with manufacturers or made assessments on replacing PET plastic bottles with those made from PLA. We are currently working with industry to produce a UK Bioeconomy Strategy that will bring together biological industries, academia and innovators, linking up farmers and land managers with high-tech industries.

This will cover a range of issues such as: intellectual property practices; policy, regulation and industry guidance on waste; the impact of bio-based procurement; and standards for bio-based plastics and other bio-materials. As part of this, the Government will work with UK Research and Innovation and industry to identify the demand, benefits and implications of a standard for bio-based and biodegradable plastics.