Environment Bill: 7 changes to waste law

The Environment Bill would provide the legislative framework needed to deliver many of the commitments set out in the 2018 Resources and Waste Strategy. Here are 7 things you need to know.

1 Producer Responsibility has been toughened up

The Environment Act 1995 allows for obligations to be placed on producers in relation to the re-use, recovery and recycling of products. These are already in place for four waste streams (including packaging waste). The bill will allow government to require producers to pay the full net cost of managing their products at end of life to incentivise them to design their products with sustainability in mind. The bill also clarifies that producer responsibility obligations can include prevention of waste and redistribution, making it clear that action can be taken on food waste.

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