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Consultation on proposed changes to the packaging recycling business targets

Consultation on proposed changes to the packaging recycling business targets for paper, steel, aluminium, wood and overall recovery and recycling for 2018-2020

The Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has published a consultation paper as part of a UK wide consultation, to amend the business targets for paper, aluminium, steel and wood and for overall recovery and recycling in the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (as amended) and the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 (as amended).

Who will the proposals be of greatest interest to?

  • Packaging ‘producers’, as defined in the Packaging Regulations
  • Packaging compliance schemes
  • Reprocessors and exporters of waste packaging
  • Waste management companies and local authorities involved in the collection of packaging
  • Any research institutions, groups or individuals with a particular interest in packaging waste.

What are the Government’s aims?

The Government’s overarching aim is to have appropriate targets which ensure that the UK complies with the EU Packaging Directive targets whilst maximising the benefits for consumers, businesses and the environment.

What are the proposals?

The Producer Responsibility (Packaging waste Regulations) (Northern Ireland) 2007 and the corresponding Regulations in Great Britain require producers of packaging to ensure that a proportion of the packaging they handle is recovered and recycled. The proportion they must ensure is recovered and recycled depends on

  • the amount of packaging they have handled,
  • the activity they have carried out on that packaging e.g. retailing, pack filling etc and
  • the UK/Northern Ireland business targets.

The consultation proposes 3 options for new material specific recycling targets for paper, steal, aluminium and wood and new overall recovery and recycling targets from 2018-20.

The options are:-

Option 1

 

 

 

 

2018 Business Target

2019 Business Target

2020 Business Target

Paper

69.5%

69.5%

69.5%

Aluminium

55.0%

55.0%

55.0%

Steel

76.0%

76.0%

76.0%

Wood

22.0%

22.0%

22.0%

Total Recovery

79.0%

79.0%

79.0%

Total Recycling

72.7%

72.7%

72.7%

 

Option 2

 

 

 

 

2018 Business Target

2019 Business Target

2020 Business Target

Paper

71.0%

73.0%

75.0%

Aluminium

57.0%

59.0%

61.0%

Steel

79.0%

82.0%

85.0%

Wood

38.0%

43.0%

48.0%

Total Recovery

80.0%

82.0%

85.0%

Total Recycling

73.6%

75.4%

78.2%

 

Option 3

 

 

 

 

2018 Business Target

2019 Business Target

2020 Business Target

Paper

70.0%

71.0%

72.0%

Aluminium

58.0%

61.0%

64.0%

Steel

78.0%

80.0%

82.0%

Wood

25.0%

28.0%

31.0%

Total Recovery

80.0%

81.0%

82.0%

Total Recycling

73.6%

74.5%

75.4%

 

The Consultation seeks views on which targets are most desirable and the reasons why.

You can read the full Consultation document here https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/consultations/changes-packaging-recycling-business-targets-paper-steel-aluminium-wood-and-overall-recovery-and

UPDATE

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment No2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 were made on 30th November 2017 and come into operation on the 1st January 2018.

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