The problems with the government’s plans to make producers foot the bill for their packaging waste

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging was the flagship policy within the UK government’s 2018 resources and waste strategy. The ambition was to “make producers foot the bill for handling their packaging waste”. The new regime, originally slated for roll out in 2023, would see charges linked to the recyclability of the packaging and “incentivise producers to think about using less packaging”, noted the first consultation in February 2019.

by David Burrows
Packaging waste stacked outside a supermarket
Some green groups have been disappointed by the government's extended producer responsibility plans (Photograph: Richard Baker/Getty Images)

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