Reform producer responsibility rules to boost recycling, says EAC

The Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee has supported calls to make packaging producers bear the costs of the waste they produce

Plastic litter costs local authorities millions of pounds to clear up each year. Photograph: Ratmaner/123RFThe government should reform Packaging Regulations and introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) to cut littering and boost recycling. Doing so would help cut the £778m spent by local councils on clean-up and enforcement each year, according to MPs.

The House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee’s report, published on 22 December, describes the current Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/871) as “weak”. Its fee structure is among the lowest in the EU, leaving taxpayers to cover all but 10% of the costs of disposing of packaging.

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