Uk's recycling infrastructure unable to meet future packaging targets

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:

Producers will be unable to meet future targets without significant investment in recycling infrastructure, according to Welsh-based company Cambrian Packaging.

Responding to a parliamentary debate last week on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), the firm said producers cannot meet the level of recycling required by government if there isn’t the capacity to do it.

Lloyd Harvey, sales executive at Cambrian Packaging, said: “Until there is a realistic and commercially sound plan to scale up our national recycling capacity to meet the ideals, discussion on what section of industry, government or society underwrites the cost involved is academic.”

Environmental Audit Committee member and MP for Cardiff North Anna McMorrin put forward the bill, arguing changes on producers should vary based on the recyclability of packaging, with higher fees for using more environmentally damaging materials.

She said: “The issue needs structural, systemic change at government and industry level. To do that, we need to legislate to incentivise big business and packaging producers to take responsibility for their waste and ensure the right infrastructure is there.”

The debate forms part of Defra’s ongoing consultation on EPR which has set out four options.

These are: an enhanced business as usual approach, a single management organisation, a separate scheme for household and commercial packaging and a deposit-based government managed system.

Cambrian Packaging offers some of its products in 100% recycled plastic (rHDPE).

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