Defra has released 2022 household recycling figures for England that reveal an overall rate of 43.4% - a 0.7% decrease from the previous year.
The Flexible Plastic Fund (FPF) FlexCollect project has released an interim report showcasing the early insights from the seven local authorities currently running flexible plastic kerbside collection pilots, covering nearly 30,000 households from across the UK.
After a comprehensive recruitment period, Defra have appointed all members of an interim steering group who will advise the evolving packaging EPR Scheme Administrator (SA) through the lens of industry experience.
The packaging EPR regulations are set to be updated and the changes will apply when packaging placed on the market in 2024 is first reported by large organisations in the second half of the year. Understand what will be changing.
Under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), all consumer-facing primary and shipment packaging will need to bear OPRL’s Recycle Now labelling standard by March 2026, other than plastic film which will be obligated a year later in 2027.
You have required actions under packaging EPR if you’re an individual business, subsidiary or group with an annual turnover of £1 million pounds or more, are responsible for more than 25 tonnes of packaging in a calendar year and you carry out any of the specified packaging activities listed by government.
It is worth noting that the point of compliance under EPR sits with a single organisation, usually the brand owner.
Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), commencing 1 February, will see consumers paying a deposit of either 15 or 25 cents on any single-use PET plastic bottle or aluminium/steel cans, depending on its size.
The requirement to submit nation of sale data – an additional reporting deadline under EPR for most producers – has been delayed by Defra.
Defra have announced that the data reporting deadline for small organisations under EPR has now been deferred by a year to 2025.
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