Review of packaging regulations reveals mountain to climb

The target to recover 50% of packaging waste by 2001 is looking tougher than ever. A Government review of the regime 1 has concluded that waste arisings are much greater than had been thought - and twice as many businesses could be caught under the regulations than anticipated. To spur investment in new recycling capacity, the paper proposes increasing the targets for obligated businesses and introducing a new duty to recycle household packaging. Another proposal is that reprocessors should reveal how much of their income from sales of packaging recovery notes (PRNs) goes to recovery projects. But, with the deadlines so near, the Government has stepped back from more fundamental reforms.

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