A document that summarises the responses to the Government’s Producer Responsibility Regimes consultation which ran between 27 March and 22 May has been released.
The Producer Responsibility Regimes consultation sought to amend the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, the Producer Responsibility Obligation (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 and the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging WasteEa) Regulations.
The consultation also sought evidence to help underpin a review of the waste Plastic packaging target, and to support the Government’s analysis with WRAP and other partners to consider what further actions can be taken to ensure that the household waste recycling target is met.
Packaging and Batteries producers, Producer Compliance Schemes and Local Authorities were invited to submit responses to the Producer Responsibility Regimes consultation.
Amendments to the Batteries and Packaging Regulations
The overall response towards the proposed changes to the Packaging and Batteries Regulations was positive. The amended regulations will now be laid before Parliament for implementation from 1 January 2016.
Defra have announced that they intend to, subject to clearance from Government Departments, consult on amendments to the Plastic packaging recycling target and that any decided amendments to the targets will be communicated as part of the 2016 Budget.
Local Authorities & Household Waste
Following the consultation, the Government is looking at the opportunities and benefits of having greater consistency in local authority recycling collections.
To read the questions and the responses to the Producer Responsibility Regimes consultation in full, please click here.
If you have any questions about the Producer Responsibility Regimes consultation or how the amends to regulations may affect your company, please do not hesitate to get in touch.