The ‘European Green Deal: Putting an end to waste packaging, boosting reuse and recycling’ was proposed by the European Commission on the 30 November 2022.
Packaging producers will be expected by law to collect packaging EPR data from March 2023.
The Q3 unverified recycling figures released by the Environment Agency indicate that whilst there has been some good recovery across some materials, glass and plastic remain at risk.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced that it will now consult on improvements to batteries regulations in 2023.
The reinstated environment secretary, Dr Thérèse Coffey, commenced talks with stakeholders on 1 November surrounding a potentially legally binding treaty to end plastic pollution by 2040.
The consultation closed to public responses in May and sought to address volatility in the packaging PRN market via administrative and technical improvements to the system.
The UK Packaging Waste Producer Responsibility regulations apply to all organisations in the UK who meet a packaging compliance threshold, defined in terms of tonnes of packaging handled and turnover.
The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations require companies to fund the recycling of batteries they place on the market to off-set their batteries compliance obligations.
The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations require companies to take responsibility for reducing the environmental impact of electrical items they place on to the UK market, when the products reach the end of their lives.