Gove takes note on calls for packaging regulatory reform

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The recommendations include pointers across the supply chain

WRAP, INCPEN and ACP have presented a series of recommendations on packaging reform to environment secretary Michael Gove.

The recommendations follow six sector workshops with stakeholders across the UK packaging supply chain over the past two months.

Discussions looked at how packaging reform could help to reduce the environmental impact of how we use and dispose of packaging.

Recommendations were focused on: achieving better packaging design and higher quality, consistent collections; making it easier for people to recycle; encouraging UK reprocessing through quality feedstock and creating markets with strong demand for recycled content.

There was support across the supply chain for change to the existing producer responsibility regime, with businesses stating they would be willing to pay more into the system to make sure it works effectively.

The meetings also suggested wider policy measures will be needed to create a comprehensive package.

Gove wrote a letter of response to confirm he will be looking into the recommendations.

He said: “Your recommendations are timely and will be valuable as we develop policy options that complement and build on the action already being taken by businesses such as though the UK Plastics Pact.

“I welcome business stepping up and contributing toward better designed, more recyclable packaging. I am accelerating the move toward uniform recycling collections.”

Paul Vanston, chief executive of INCPEN, welcomed Gove’s response and the positive outcomes of the roundtables.

He said: “We’re enthused that after years of debate, we have moved closer to seeing a consistent collection system for used packaging across our country.

“The next steps are to continue working with the government to support the packaging reforms consultation later this year, alongside the publication of a comprehensive Resources & Waste strategy.”

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