Firstly, I’ve always regarded recycling targets as non-sensical, though try to recycle where possible.
Why? Simply because they seem to reinforce the use of recyclable materials, when often the bulk of the recyclable materials could be dispensed with in the first place. So if we decrease packaging does it not become harder to reach the targets?
Say I currently have 1/3 bad waste, 2/3 recyclable waste but the recyclable waste is reduced by 50% and non-recyclable waste stays the same - then I have 50% bad waste, 50% recyclable and the targets won’t be met. Yes the bad waste needs to go to but I think there is far more recyclable waste for fresh fruit/veg etc than there needs to be.
Secondly, specific items:
Crisp packets - surely one of those items where the packaging might cost more than the product within, and don’t get me started on ‘multi-buy’ crisps or sweets with tiny smaller packets in larger ones. I mean how easy would it be to legislate against this disgraceful use of resources but one can imagine the public would be outraged.
Vegetables in packaging - I’m sure in many instances this reduces shelf life but speeds out checkout processes - why the hell does a cucumber need to be ‘shrink-wrapped’ ?