Waste and resources strategy: 8 things you need to know

Eight things you need to know about the government's flagship waste and resources strategy, including plans to require producers to pay the full costs of packaging disposal and plans to roll out weekly food waste collections across the country

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1 Producers will pay the full costs of packaging disposal
Packaging reform is the government’s immediate priority, according to the strategy. Producer responsibility will be extended to cover the full cost of disposal of packaging, instead of the 10% covered now. A consultation will be launched “shortly” to reform the packaging waste regulations, DEFRA said. It intends to legislate by 2021, and to have the new system operational by 2023. The document stipulates that the new system will match or exceed the revised packaging recycling targets set by the EU for 2025 and 2030. The system should cover the costs of collection, recycling, disposal, reduction of littering and fly-tipping, communications, data collection and reporting, compliance monitoring and enforcement, DEFRA suggests. MORE 

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