Consultation outcome

Batteries and packaging waste: reducing the burden for producers

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A total of 53 responses were received to the consultation.

The regulations will now be laid before Parliament for implementation from 1 January 2016.

Original consultation


Seeking views on changing the laws on batteries and packaging waste. Also a call for evidence on recycling of plastics and household waste.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our plans to amend the regulations for producer responsibility for batteries and packaging waste.

Producers of batteries and packaging must pay for collecting, treating, recycling and recovering a proportion of their products. The proposed changes reduce the administrative burden of meeting these obligations. They amend:

  • Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009
  • Producer Responsibility Obligation (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007
  • Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

We are also seeking evidence that will help us review the business target for recycling waste plastic packaging. In particular, evidence that will help us draw better links to the 2020 target for recycling household waste.

Published 27 March 2015
Last updated 13 October 2015 + show all updates
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