Extended Producer Responsibility has been pushed forward by the Government to ‘fix’ all obstacles to recycling packaging waste and coincidentally reduce Central Government funding towards the cost of collecting waste packaging from households across the UK. It is expected to cost around £2.7 billion in its first full year of operation.
We had a consultation in March – June this year and are still waiting for the results to be published. Talking by video link to the RWM trade show on 22 Sept, Chris Preston, the deputy director for resources and waste at Defra said that the department’s response to the consultations on these waste reforms will be published “later this year or early next” blaming Covid-19 for the delay. He also pointed out that the Environment Bill was also delayed and the latter was “absolutely core to underpinning our ability to deliver reforms”.
The timetable to implement the new regulations are ambitious and these delays make it increasingly unlikely that EPR will be up and running on-time in 2023.