Overpackaging complaints dominate watchdog's workload

Overpackaging dominates the second report of the Packaging Standards Council (PSC) despite its claim that complaints about the "environmental" effects of packaging are relatively few.1 Excessive anti-pilfering and "trial" packaging are vindicated by the PSC and, more controversially, so is excessive packaging of luxury products.

The PSC was set up in June 1992, following a Government request in 1990, to handle the growing number of complaints about excessive and unsafe packaging (ENDS Report 209, p 13 ). It was criticised at the time for having no powers. Indeed, it can only give guidance based on a code of practice which should be ready

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