More hints from DoE on packaging waste policy

A landfill tax coupled with a duty on packaging producers to take responsibility for packaging waste was hinted at by the Department of the Environment (DoE) during a House of Lords' inquiry into the proposed EC Directive on packaging. The inquiry also heard criticisms of the proposal from Friends of the Earth (FoE), which wants a stronger emphasis on packaging waste avoidance and measures to stimulate outlets for recycled materials.

In June, the Select Committee on the European Communities heard evidence on the draft Directive from the DoE, the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and several industry groups, including the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN). The final word was left to Friends of the Earth (FoE).

Trade and Industry Minister Tim Eggar had previously hinted that the Government was contemplating following the French model

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