Government Announce Landmark Blueprint For Resources and Waste
18 December 2018
Businesses and manufacturers will pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste, under a major new government strategy unveiled by the Environment Secretary today (Tuesday 18 December 2018).The first comprehensive development in the field in over a decade, the Resources and Waste Strategy will overhaul England’s waste system, putting a legal onus on those responsible for producing damaging waste to take greater responsibility and foot the bill.
Under the Strategy producers will be expected to take more responsibility for items that can be harder or costly to recycle including cars, electrical goods, and batteries. Among other noteworthy elements, the Strategy includes intent to simplify recycling across England. Subject to consultation, under the Strategy businesses will pay higher fees if their products are harder to reuse, repair or recycle. It is thought that this approach to packaging, referred to as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), will raise between £0.5 billion and £1 billion a year for recycling and disposal.
The Strategy is part of the government's mission to protect the environment for future generations, and comes after the announcement of a world-leading tax on plastic packaging in the Autumn Statement. Subject to consultation, this tax covers all plastic packaging which does not meet a minimum threshold of at least 30% recycled content from April 2022.
The full news story, including further information on what the Strategy entails, is available on the GOV.UK website