Government consults on extended producer responsibility for packaging
Following a 2019 consultation on the principals The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a new consultation document on the developed proposals for Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging. This sets out the actions the Government intends to take to streamline the fee collection for packaging producer responsibility and steps to increase recycling and reduce waste destined for landfill.
The proposals will remove the current chain of custody responsibilities and impose a single charge on the packaging producer as well as including requirements for mandatory labelling and setting recycling targets to be achieved by 2030.
Some of the requirements have been designed to address single use plastic from the food and beverage sectors and so will have little impact on the furniture sector but the main key points will apply across all industries.
Included in the proposals are the following actions: