Horticulture Wales urges fresh produce producers to cut packaging waste as Landfill Tax hike looms

Packaging - image:Chobist
Packaging - image:Chobist

Horticulture Wales has produced a free guide to help growers cut packaging costs, reduce waste and stay on the right side of regulations.

The handbook, which can be downloaded from the Horticulture Wales website, also highlights how the innovative use of recyclable, re-usable, or biodegradable materials can help producers enhance their brand and tap into demand for ethical products.

A number of case studies are featured, including Pontypool-based fruit and vegetable wholesaler Philip J Jones, which saves around £12,500 a year re-using packaging cartons.

Horticulture Wales project director Dr David Skydmore said: "With most horticulture businesses in Wales falling into the micro or small enterprise categories, and not having the option to bulk-purchase, the costs involved can often be prohibitive."

The standard Landfill Tax that businesses are required to pay to dispose of unrecyclable waste will rise by £8 to £80 per tonne from next April, giving growers an additional impetus to watch costs.

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