Industry rifts bring recycling legislation closer on packaging

The first deadline laid down in the Government's challenge to packaging producers and users to come up with a waste management plan has passed with no consensus in sight on how the ailing plastics and cardboard recycling industries should be supported. Retailers and paper merchants appear unlikely to agree on how cardboard recycling should be paid for, bringing the need for a legislative solution closer.

The challenge to the packaging industry was made by Environment Secretary John Gummer in July. He has asked for a credible packaging waste management plan by Christmas. But the packaging chain was also told that it had until the end of October to come up with immediate action to safeguard recycling capacity for plastics and paper board which is under threat of closure (ENDS Report 224, pp 16-19 

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