Waste supply chain calls for ‘unified approach’ to sector overhaul

A group of waste trade bodies, brands, manufacturers, retailers and councils have written to environment secretary Michael Gove calling for the “joined-up implementation” of extended producer responsibility (EPR) and consistent waste collections across the UK.

The letter was sent over the weekend at the close of a three-month period of consultation from the government aimed at “overhauling the waste system”.

Three of the consultations, which were promised as part of the Waste and Resources strategy, are on EPR, a more consistent household recycling system and a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for cans and bottles. Alongside them, the Treasury published a consultation on a tax on plastic packaging which does not meet a minimum threshold of at least 30% recycled content. This consultation has also closed.

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