UK packaging producers could be affected by EU trends on differentiated fees, warns Ecosurety

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UK packaging producers could be affected by a growing number of European countries implementing differentiated fees based on eco-design and recyclability criteria, according to resource efficiency specialist Ecosurety.

"Norway and Germany have proposed legislation that would see producers paying more if they place complex packaging onto their local market. France already charges producers more for harder-to-recycle packaging and Italy is looking to trial fee changes next year," says Fran Witthuhn, international compliance specialist at Ecosurety.

"It could mean UK producers will have to pay more for recycling if they do not improve the recyclability of their packaging aimed at EU markets."

According to Witthuhn, producers in the UK pay a contribution towards the recycling industry, in the rest of Europe producers finance the collection and recycling of packaging waste to encourage households to recycle more materials. "The landscape is further complicated by the fact that if more and more EU countries adopt differentiated fees, an objective outlined in the EU’s Circular Economy Package, each country could conceivably lay down different packaging design rules, which would add cost and complexity when placing product in individual markets,” continued the compliance specialist.

“Differentiated fees are in the long-term an opportunity for packaging producers to re-think their designs or practices to further increase recycling levels. They will eventually provide producers who refine their practises, with the opportunity to save money," added Witthuhn.

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