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Food companies in UK urged to invest in biodegradable packaging

Companies that use expanded content labels with their food products may need to adopt a new approach when it comes to packaging.

According to Lord Redesdale, vice chairman of parliament's all-party climate change group, businesses should look at creating biodegradable packaging.

This, he said, is because it would help to support the growing focus on anaerobic digestion (AD) - a means of disposing of waste while generating power and heat at the same time.

Speaking to Packaging News, Lord Redesdale said the existing problem is stemming from the fact that organic waste tends to be put in plastic bags by consumers.

"Plastic bags are compostable and they will break down from the composting process but they will not digest in the AD process," he commented.

Wales is already aiming to bring down the number of carrier bags issued across the country by imposing a minimum 5p charge for each one.

The levy, which will come into force on October 1st, is the first of its kind to be implemented in the UK.