Today (21 September) the establishment of the UK's first Packaging Scheme Forum (PSF) has been announced and Comply Direct are pleased to be a key member
This new forum has been created and launched by the compliance sector, and consists of 45 government approved UK packaging compliance schemes. There are currently 50 packaging compliance schemes in total, so the PSF brings together the majority of the full sector. Therefore, collectively, PSF members represent 97% of UK registered packaging producers.
The PSF has been developed in light of the upcoming reform to the existing packaging regulations, aiming to openly and collaboratively communicate with government during this important period of potentially major regulatory change. The key objectives of the forum are to effectively assist in improving packaging regulation and enforcement in the UK by providing valuable insight, guidance and feedback on the current Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations.
Gareth Roberts, Managing Director of Comply Direct said:
“The Packaging Scheme Forum has been formed by compliance schemes to help shape the future UK packaging regulations. Comply Direct are committed in this open forum with government to represent our valued members and communicate their needs, as well as those of the industry, to assist in creating an improved system that will mutually benefit our members and ourselves. We are entering a fascinating and key period of time, and as a collective group of experienced schemes we are confident that as a first initial task, we can support *DEFRA with their work finalising the content of upcoming government consultations. Such consultations are expected before the end of 2018, although they could be delayed given the complexity faced by DEFRA is significant due to the extent of options for change being considered. At a minimum, the consultations will cover packaging recycling targets post 2020 as well as reform of the current PRN system. I am sure we will then be responding to the consultations both as a group on the areas that we can agree upon collectively and also as Comply Direct individually when the specific interests of our producer member bases can be represented. The hope is that the end result delivers benefits for many stakeholders as well as the environment by being an effective and efficient system that Producers will willingly accept as an improved alternative to the current PRN system.”
*Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs