Packaging industry's last chance to act on waste

The Government is losing patience with the packaging industry over its failure to come up with firm proposals for dealing with packaging waste. The industry has been warned that it may face an environmental charge on its products unless it rapidly changes its tune.

The warning was sounded by junior Environment Minister Tony Baldry in an address to the Industry Council on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) on 22 January. He recalled that the Government promised in its White Paper on the environment, published 16 months ago, to discuss a series of measures with packaging manufacturers and retailers. These included targets for packaging reduction, arrangements to encourage consumers to return packaging

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