Government launches resources and waste consultations

The UK Government has opened four consultations with the potential to drastically alter the country’s waste and recycling landscape.

The government is seeking views from industry and the public on: a deposit return scheme for beverage containers; more consistent local authority recycling collections,, including mandatory food waste collections for all councils; a tax on plastic packaging that contains less then 30 per cent recycled material; and extended producer responsibility reform – making packaging producers pay the full cost of collecting and recycling their products at end of life.

The consultations will run for 12 weeks and have been warmly received by industry, with packaging manufacturer and recycler DS Smith saying: “We believe that the implementation of a genuine circular system which safeguards the quality of material collected to further our economy is potentially obtainable through these consultations.”