Defra launches consultations set to overhaul the UK's waste system

Monday, February 18, 2019

Defra has launched a series of consultations intended to ‘overhaul’ the UK’s waste system.

They will focus on making packaging producers pay the full cost of dealing with waste, a plastic packaging tax, introducing a consistent set of materials collected across England for recycling and introducing a deposit return scheme (DRS).

These will make up a key part of government’s upcoming Environment Bill, which will be introduced before the summer holidays.

Consultation details will include consistent labelling on packaging for consumers to fully understand what can and cannot be recycled.

However the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) said the consultation focuses on resident confusion when it ought to look at material type, which it argued needed to be addressed more urgently than the collection process. 

Introducing comprehensive and frequent collections will create more reliable services for householders while retaining local flexibility, Defra said.

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging is also predicted to raise between £800 million and £1 billion a year for recycling and disposal. 

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