Marks & Spencer’s senior packaging technologist Dr Mark Caul is right to highlight the poor state of the UK’s recycling infrastructure (‘M&S packaging expert casts doubt over its Plan A targets,’ The Grocer, 15 March, p8). However, in plastics recycling, particularly for food packaging, great developments are being made that will revolutionise the way plastic rubbish is viewed. The waste industry, local governments and investment community now realise the future value of waste. In particular, recycled food plastic is seen as a valuable commodity. When our food plastic recycling plant opens in Dagenham in June, we will already be at full capacity and we are also planning a second plant. We have sold all our output to manufacturing companies that deal with brands such as M&S and Dairy Crest, who in turn will use it in plastic food packaging or plastic milk bottles. The solution to our waste mountain is to create technologies and an infrastructure that meets consumer demand. The industry has to prove recycled plastic waste does genuinely go back into useful packaging. The importance of recycling UK plastic waste must be emphasised. If UK companies can use UK post-consumer waste, they will make a direct contribution to shrinking the nation’s environmental footprint. The infrastructure for recycling plastic waste is fast playing catch up. The next challenge is to work with packaging companies, industry bodies, brands and retailers to standardise packaging in order to simplify the supply chain.