Leading supermarkets in the UK are still using too much packaging, with up to about 40% of it unable to be recycled, a report has suggested.
Chairman of the LGA's environment board, Councillor Paul Bettison, said that the public were working hard to increase the amount of recycling that they did, but that retailers were not always making things easy.
"Their efforts are being hamstrung by needlessly over-packaged products on sale in supermarkets," he said.
"We have to question the necessity and desirability of shrink wrapping vegetables like peppers and broccoli."
Hmmm, now, I need to double-check where this occurs, but I am pretty sure that packaging regulations are an EU competence. For instance, certain foods have to be entirely air-tight (that is why, for instance, Kitkats dropped the old foil) which is why we have shrink-wrapped peppers and broccoli. Which is ironic...
The study, by the Local Government Association, warns that Britain will miss recycling targets if big chains do not cut back on packaging.
... because, of course, the EU also imposes the recycling targets. Not only does it do so directly, but it also determines how much landfill we are allowed to use.
Can we leave yet?