Ecosurety publishes alternative Extended Producer Responsibility model

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The Centralised Competition model aims to tackle competition unfairness, a lack of transparency in the system and funding issues

Recycling compliance scheme Ecosurety has published an alternative to the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) models currently under government consultation.

Ecosurety argue that none of the four EPR options under consultation will lead to improvements on how the current recycling system operates, despite increasing costs for producers.

The Centralised Competition model therefore aims to tackle competitive unfairness, a lack of transparency in the system and funding issues.

It looks at the difference between public sector funding for consistent waste collections and commercial investment funding to improve UK recycling capacity.

Local authority funding and fee modulation is centralised to prevent specific LAs from covering the cost of packaging collections alone and to ensure all producers’ packaging is treated consistently.

The model means administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are able to see the type of quantity of packaging flowing through their economies and given a communications fund to engage citizens.

Robbie Staniforth, head of policy at Ecosurety, said: “Two months of cross-industry discussions have revealed though commendable in ambition, none of Defra’s four models for future EPR governance offer the right blend of characteristics

“[The Centralised Competition model] delivers on government ambitions, minimises risks for cross-industry stakeholders, and – critically – balances the needs of the industry with producers and consumers.”

Government’s consultation on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system is open to businesses, trade bodies, local authorities, waste management companies and recycling companies and closes on 13 May, 2019.

It is one of four consultations launched by Defra to 'overhaul' the UK's waste system.

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