British, Consumers

Some 80% of British consumers rate plastic waste as a serious environmental threat.

17.04.2018 - 07:51:14

British Consumers Worried about Plastic Waste – IFAT Survey. At the same time, 63% want industry to consider future waste problems at the production stage already. And consumer qualms are likely to grow because following the Chinese ban on plastic waste imports, the UK can’t dispose of waste properly at home. IFAT, the premier global trade fair for environmental technologies, has published its IFAT Environment Index 2018 detailing what consumers think about environmental problems and potential solutions. The survey asked 1,000 people in the United Kingdom.

The vast majority of British consumers view waste as an issue that affects every citizen and advocate responsible treatment of it (84%). Some 65% believe that it’s up to local authorities to manage waste disposal. Only 27% want industry to play the leading role in disposing of waste.

“The IFAT Environment Index shows that a large majority of British consumers support applying modern environmental technologies. Three quarters recommend making waste so recyclable in future that it becomes a valuable raw material,” says IFAT director Stefan Rummel. “A sustainable circular economy should replace exporting waste to Asia and recycle all plastics with the aid of high-tech environmental technology. Experts will be presenting ways of solving the pressing problems of plastic waste in the United Kingdom, Europe and across the world at IFAT, the world’s premier trade fair for waste and raw materials management, in Munich from 14 to 18 May 2018”.

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