Glass recycling target amendments formalised

Glass recycling targets, Comply Direct, Packaging compliance scheme, producer compliance schemeChanges to the Glass recycling targets 2014-2017 have been formalised by the Environment Agency.

The revised targets have been made official (13th November) through the publication of The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 No. 2890 to legislation.gov.uk: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/id/uksi/2014/2890.

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WEEE guidance and Dual Use

WEEE guidance, WEEE Regulations, WEEE, Environment AgencyRecycling evidence for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is changing for equipment considered both B2B and B2C use under the WEEE Regulations.

The Environment Agency have announced (5 Nov) a change in the way that WEEE evidence can be raised by approved and authorised treatment facilities (AATFs) in line with a BIS proposed amendment in the published WEEE guidance the definition of WEEE from private households. Continue reading

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Recycling VAT incentive declined by Government

More calls for the introduction of tax breaks on recycled products have been rejected by the government but an ‘offset’ from the PRN system for producers of packaging using recycled materials in their products may be on the horizon.

A report published in July by the Environmental Audit Committee - ‘Growing a circular economy: Ending the throwaway society’ – saw MPs call for the requirement that all new products should be recyclable and that a lower VAT rate should be introduced for products which contain a high percentage of recycled content. Continue reading

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Glass packaging recycling target revised

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Defra announce revised targets for Glass packaging recycling due to come into force this November.

The amended Producer Responsibility regulations 2014 incorporate measures aimed at cutting the targets for the 2014-2017 period which were first set out by the government earlier this year in March and will now be implemented from 24 November.

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Pledge 4 Plastics gets serious about recycling targets

Packaging compliance scheme, Plastic packaging recycling, Packaging recycling targets, WRAP, DEFRA, producer compliance scheme the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairsPledge 4 Plastics is the new national initiative developed to boost the collection and recycling of plastic packaging in the UK.

The Government backed campaign, led by Recoup and developed along with WRAP, Defra, Coca Cola Enterprises and Unilever; endeavours to encourage households to recycle just one more plastic bottle per household per week.

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ISO14001 and Comply Direct

ISO140001, Comply Direct, Pas2060, Carbon Neutral, EnMSThe team at Comply Direct live, breath and work environmental protection and, in a bid to take it to the next stage, recently undertook assessments to pin down all of the significant environmental attributes of the business and how we will aim to reduce the effect of these on the environment.

For the ISO14001 assessment Comply Direct’s environmental attributes were appraised on a number of criteria, such as: impacts on air, water, land, plants and animals. Continue reading

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WEEE Compliance Fee Consultation

WEEE compliance feeEarlier this year, The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) invited producer compliance schemes (PCSs) and stakeholders to submit proposals outlining how the WEEE compliance fee should be calculated and administered.

The BIS received three proposals from a mixture of organisations which were published by the department on Friday (24th October). See here for an outline of all three proposals.

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Positive Q3 2014 Packaging Data Published

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Environment Agency logo, image credit www.bbc.co.uk/berkshire/

The provisional Q3 packaging data has been published today (22nd Oct 2014) by the Environment Agency revealing a positive Q3 for the UK.

The figures for July – September 2014, which are now available on the National Packaging Waste Database, are very positive and will be very much welcomed by 2014 obligated packaging producers.

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WEEE B2C definitions clarified by BIS

WEEE Regulations, WEEE Recast, WEEEThe Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) have reviewed their interpretation of the definition of WEEE from private households (B2C) and yesterday (October 16th) concluded that guidance will now include the ‘dual use’ concept.

WEEE producer confusion over the definition came earlier this year after the publication of a European Commission FAQ document which aimed to interpret changes to the WEEE system in the aftermath of the WEEE recast

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ESOS: Your compliance options

ESOSBy now, it’s likely that you will have come across the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and determined whether your organisation will need to be compliant. 

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme is a mechanism to help reduce the energy costs within your organisation and although compliance is mandatory for undertakings with over 250 employees in the UK or undertakings that have a turnover of over £40 million and a balance sheet of £34 million, there is more than one compliance option available to you. Continue reading

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