National Resource & Waste Strategy Announced

In December 18, 2018
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Today the Government Announced the long awaited Resource and Waste Startegy 2018, which sets the tone for an ambitious outlook at how we handle Resource and Waste in the UK over the mid to long term.

The current system may well be tightened up and likely to remain until 2023.

Its expected that there will be a series of Consultations that will be launched in the New Year, including details around a new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging.

A full copy of the Resource & Waste Strategy can be downloaded here.

Key Milestones and Implementation Timeline

What the strategy promises 

  • Producers to pay the net costs of disposal or recycling of packaging – up from the 10% now.
  • Review its producer responsibility schemes for items that are difficult or expensive to recycle such as cars, electrical goods, batteries.
  • Look at extending producer responsibility to textiles, fishing gear, vehicle tyres, certain materials from construction and demolition, and bulky waste such as mattresses, furniture and carpets.
  • Introduce a consistent set of recyclable materials collected from all households and businesses.
  • Introduce consistent labelling on packaging to people know what they can recycle and how.
  • Ensure weekly collections of food waste for every household subject to consultation, which will also discuss the inclusion of free garden waste collections.
  • Introduce a deposit return scheme, subject to consultation, for bottles, cans, and disposable cups filled at point of sale.
  • Look at mandatory guarantees and extended warranties to encourage manufacturers to design products to last.
  • Introduce annual reporting of food surplus and waste by food businesses, or mandatory targets for food waste prevention.
  • Clamp down on illegal movements of waste by introducing compulsory electronic tracking of waste.
  • Tougher penalties for waste criminals.

Source: MRW


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