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The stakeholder roundtable on cosmetic packaging take-back schemes, convened by CTPA, took place on Monday 15 November 2021.
This ground-breaking roundtable brought together key stakeholders, including Resources and Waste Minister at Defra, Jo Churchill, MP, Defra officials, representatives from WRAP UK, OPRL, Flexible Plastic Fund and Terracycle, industry representatives and other cross-sector organisations representing brands and retailers.
The ultimate goal of the industry would be that no cosmetic packaging ends up as waste. While the cosmetics industry is working towards reducing or removing unnecessary packaging, and the adoption of reuse and refill models where appropriate, the challenge of certain types of cosmetic packaging not being recycled must be addressed.
Whilst many CTPA members have or are considering take-back schemes, where consumers return the packaging to dedicated collection points, CTPA recognises that with a more industry-wide approach, the awareness of such schemes and quantity of packaging recovered can be increased and maximum value added to the material that is recovered.
CTPA teamed up with the Recycle Now team at WRAP to add cosmetic packaging terms onto its Recycling Locator tool with the aim of increasing the number of cosmetic brands that are highlighting this opportunity to their consumers and encouraging this form of recycling for currently unrecycled cosmetic packaging.
The Recycling Locator Tool is already up and running with brands adding the locations for their schemes.
This work builds on the CTPA’s Sustainability Strategy ‘Driving Towards a Net Positive Cosmetics Industry’. CTPA is looking forward to continuing to work with the roundtable key stakeholders to take this important work forward.