Have your say on glass packaging recycling targets

Defra has launched a one-month consultation to get views on proposals to amend the glass recycling business target in the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 and the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013.

The consultation follows the Glass Flow report, which was published in October, and led to a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) that targets for business glass recycling are scaled down. Obligated businesses must currently account for the recycling of 81 per cent of the total glass packaging placed on the market until 2017. Defra has launched a one-month consultation on amending this target.

The department is seeking views from packaging producers, compliance schemes, reprocessors and exporters, food and drink manufacturers, waste management companies and local authorities on five options, which are:

  • Keep the target at 81%.
  • Lower the target to 75% and maintain the split between remelt and aggregate at 63% and 37%, respectively.
  • Lower the target to 75% and amend the split between remelt and aggregate to 65% and 35%.
  • Lower target to 77% and maintain the split between remelt and aggregate at 63% and 37%, respectively.
  • Lower the target to 77% and amend the split between remelt and aggregate to to 66% and 34%.

The consultation closes on 17 January 2014. You can view the consultation here.

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