Target Amends to the Packaging Waste Regulations
Monday, December 8, 2014
The revised glass recycling targets for 2014 to 2017 that were announced in March 2014 have been formalised with the publication of The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2014.
The amends to the Regulations were laid before Parliament at the start of November and came into force on the 24th November. The amends reflect new targets which have been introduced for glass recycling only.
The amends reduce the target for overall glass recycling for 2014 from 81% to 75% for obligated businesses. The lower target will also increase incrementally by 1% each year, to 76% in 2015 and 77% in 2016 and onwards. The targets for recycling re-melt have also been updated and have been increased from 65% in 2014 to 67% in 2016 and 2017.
The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations implement the Packaging Waste Directive and make packaging producers responsible for recovering and recycling a specific proportion of their waste packaging.
The Regulations impact organisations in England, Scotland and Wales that handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging in a calendar year and that have a turnover of more than £2 million. Because the legislation applies to the amount of packaging waste being handled by a business, and not necessarily being produced, a number of organisations are impacted by the legislation and will need to be aware of the target changes and how they report against them in their Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs).
The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 can be viewed in full here.