Producer Responsibility Policy Review – UK Packaging Regulations – Packaging Design and Recycling

DEFRA Announce Future Consultation to Reform the UK Packaging Regulations

Over the last few months a series of review meetings, hosted by WRAP / INCPEN / ACP, involving industry wide stakeholders to discuss how Regulatory Reform of the UK Packaging (Waste) Directive could reduce the environmental damage caused by use and disposal of Packaging, especially Plastic.

The output from the meetings was submitted to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Environment in a Packaging Review Recommendations Letter, click here for full letter.

Today Michael Gove issued a formal reply to the letter, indicating that there would be a formal consultation released later in the year, looking at the various options for a whole series of Regulatory Reform in Packaging Design and Recycling. It is hoped this will look to set a future pathway for Packaging and Recycling Industry in the UK. The main areas under scrutiny and review are:

  • The design and implementation of a UK wide Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers and ‘on the go recycling’
  • Future Business targets for Packaging Recycling (Targets in place currently until 2020)
  • Moving towards a more uniformed standardised recycling collection system
  • A Communications Fund to make sure the recycling message is clear and coherent to the Consumer, revising the current Consumer Information Obligations, potentially creating a central fund.
  • Review the PRN System, focused on exports, transparency and targeted areas of future funding.
  • Incentivise the specification and use of recyclable packaging, with financial penalties for use of non – recyclable packaging.
  • An Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme

So it looks like a busy 6 months, whilst industry seriously considers the opportunities and implications of what is likely to be a very different set of Regulatory Policies for Packaging and Recycling Industry. We will keep you upto date with the vary latest.



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