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Plastic and Glass Packaging Targets Consultation

26th November 2015

Melanie Harper

Plastic and Glass Packaging Targets Consultation

Defra have today (26 November) published a consultation on changes to the Plastic and Glass packaging targets.

The consultation proposes options for revised targets for plastic packaging recycling business targets for 2016 & 2017 and new plastic and glass packaging targets for 2018-20.

This consultation will be of greatest interest to Packaging producers, Packaging compliance schemes, Reprocessors and exporters of waste packaging, Waste management companies and local authorities involved in the collection of packaging and any other parties with a particular interest in packaging waste.

Plastic packaging business target

The existing Plastic and Glass packaging targets for 2013-17 were consulted on in 2011 and set using the best evidence available from business at the time.

Glass targets were then revised and updated in 2014 following the publication of the GlassFlow report which investigated the data used to calculate targets.

In 2014, Defra commissioned a PlasticFlow report Defra commissioned a similar report, PlasticFlow, which indicated that a significantly lower amount of plastic packaging had been placed on the market than what had been estimated in 2011/2012 meaning that the targets are currently based on the expectations of much higher waste arising. It would be therefore be possible to reduce the targets and still maintain a similar recycling rate.

Plastic and Glass packaging targets

Domestic targets for all materials expire in 2017.  Member states are required by the Packaging Directive to deliver a specified recycling rate and to maintain that rate each year thereafter.

We currently have targets set up to 2017 so it is important that we set targets beyond that from 2018 onwards.

New targets for the remaining materials will be consulted on at a later date.

The consultation

Please see below for a summary of the options regarding the Plastic and Glass packaging targets that are included in the consultation document. Please see the consultation document for a full explanation of every option. This can be downloaded here.

Plastic

Option 1

Do not amend Plastics targets for 2016 and 2017 then keep the target at 57% to 2020. This would deliver a 48% recycling rate by 2017 and maintain the same level through to 2020.

Option 2

Amend existing Plastic target to 48% for 2016 then increase by 1% each year to 2020. This would deliver a 44% recycling rate by 2020.

Option 3

Amend the existing Plastic target to 49% in 2016 then increase by 2% each year until 2020. This would deliver a 48% recycling rate by 2020.

Option three is the Government’s preferred option for Plastic.

Glass

Option 1

Do not amend Glass targets for 2016 and 2017 then keep the target at 77% to 2020. This would continue to maintain a 66% recycling rate from 2017 to 2020.

Option 2

Do not amend Glass targets for 2016 and 2017 then increase by 1% each year to 2020. This would deliver a 68% recycling rate by 2020.

Responding to the consultation

Defra have asked for views from respondents on which options are most desirable and the reasons why.

They have also stated that they will welcome any further evidence and comments on the evidence provided in the consultation. The responses will be used to help determine the final preferred option.

The consultation questions to include in your response can be found at the end of the consultation document.You can view this here.

The deadline for this consultation is the 5pm on the 23 December 2015.

You can send your responses directly to Defra by email to packaging@defra.gsi.gov.uk, or by post to Producer Responsibility, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Area 2B Nobel House, Horseferry Road, London SW1P 3JR.

Alternatively, if you are a member of Comply Direct, you can send your responses to the consultation via us. Please email any responses to packaging@complydirect.com by Comply Direct’s deadline of 17 December 2015. This earlier deadline allows us to collate responses from our members in time for the official deadline of 23 December.

If you have any questions regarding the changes to the Plastic and Glass packaging targets then please do not hesitate to get in touch.