Should producers have to pay?

Radical reforms of packaging regulations have been mooted as a route to reducing waste in England, which is lagging behind the rest of the UK. Maxine Perella examines the options

Huge variations in local household waste collections make it difficult to model costs before asking packaging producers to pay for disposal or recycling. Photograph: WRAPWaste policy is devolved across the UK and has developed at different speeds within the four nations. While Scotland, Wales and, to some extent, Northern Ireland, have looked to implement more progressive legislative frameworks relating to zero waste, England is a different story.

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