Why early 2022 is likely to see key packaging waste reforms take shape

From detailed plans on extended producer responsibility to rules on a deposit return scheme, packaging ranks high on the government’s green agenda. An ‘early 2022’ update is anticipated from DEFRA, while more details are expected on the Treasury’s plastics tax ahead of its April introduction. David Burrows reports

by David Burrows
Waste depot workers looking up at a pile of cardboard packaging
Plans for an extended producer responsibility scheme for packaging were among several government waste consultations to receive a robust response last year. Photograph: Peter Cade/Getty Images

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