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Consultation: Changing the UK producer responsibility system for packaging waste

Synopsis

This consultation seeks comments on proposals to reform the packaging producer responsibility system across the UK.

Proposed changes include extended producer responsibility, requiring packaging producers to finance the full net cost of packaging waste management and incentives to increase the recycled content of packaging and the recyclability of packaging.

Proposals for mandatory recycling labels on packaging and new packaging waste recycling targets are also set out.

 
 
 

Summary

Consultation: Changing the UK producer responsibility system for packaging waste

Views are sought on proposals to reform the packaging producer responsibility system across the UK. The consultation concerns proposed actions to:

  • Change the management of costs to satisfy the “polluter pays” principle. This includes the introduction of extended producer responsibility, requiring packaging producers to finance the full net cost of packaging waste management;
  • Incentives to encourage the use of recyclable packaging, while reducing the amount of unnecessary and difficult to recycle packaging;
  • Making recycling labels mandatory on packaging;
  • Setting new packaging waste recycling targets for 2025 and 2030; and
  • Options to improve monitoring and enforcement of the regime;

This consultation closes on 13 May 2019.

 

 

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