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Gove supports reform to regulations relating to packaging

PKBR Staff Writer Published 16 May 2018

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (which operates as WRAP), Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) and Defra’s Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) have presented recommendations on packaging regulatory reform.

The call to radically change the existing producer responsibility regime has gained the support of UK Secretary of State, Michael Gove.

The three bodies have been engaged in a program of discussions with stakeholders from across the UK packaging supply chain for the past two months.

In April they sent a letter to Gove setting recommendations for reform, including achieving better packaging design and that local authorities are required to collect a core set of materials for recycling from householders.

The letter also called for the establishment of an approved list of what is deemed to be recyclable packaging, and for fees be set up to penalise non-recyclability.

WRAP chief executive Marcus Gover said: “The Secretary of State’s response is very encouraging and I am particularly pleased to see his commitment to accelerating the move to uniform recycling collections, as this supports a key area of work for WRAP.

“The need for government policy to underpin the commitments made by business will be key to us achieving the ambitious goals we have laid out in The UK Plastics Pact.”

Incpen chief executive Paul Vanston said that after years of debate, the UK has moved closer to seeing a consistent collection system for used packaging across the country.

“The breadth and depth of engagement in the last six months, facilitated by WRAP, Incpen and the ACP, led to a universally supported message that funds raised by the value chain need to be used to solve problems within it.