Consultation outcome

Glass packaging recycling: proposed changes to business target

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Impact assessment: changes to the glass packaging recycling business target to 2017

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Detail of outcome

We received 62 responses to this consultation.

Original consultation

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Proposals to amend the recycling targets for glass packaging contained in the Packaging Regulations.

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Consultation description

This consultation is seeking views on our proposal to reduce the recycling targets for glass packaging (eg bottles and jars) in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

These targets are set in the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 and the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Obligations (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.

We are proposing these changes because new evidence published by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) and Valpak Consulting in October 2013 indicates that GB and NI are currently over-achieving against the EUs glass packaging recycling target. As a result, the glass targets in the regulations could be reduced from the current target of 81%, to a level that would still achieve EU targets, whilst continuing to maximise benefits for consumers, business and the environment.

The consultation will be of interest to:

  • packaging ‘producers’
  • packaging compliance schemes
  • reprocessors and exporters of waste packaging
  • food and drink manufacturers
  • waste management companies
  • local authorities involved in the collection of packaging
  • others with a particular interest in packaging waste.