MPs call for immediate action on plastic packaging

UK MPs are calling for immediate action to introduce an extended producer responsibility (EPR) regime for packaging following news that Malaysia intends to send back 3,000 tonnes of contaminated waste to developed countries, including the UK.

The Bill on Extended Producer Responsibility (packaging) has been tabled by Anna McMorrin, MP for Cardiff North, and calls for packaging producers to be responsible for 100 per cent of the costs of collecting, transporting, recycling and responsibly disposing of the packaging products that they produce at their end of life.

Based on the ‘polluter pays’ principle, McMorrin’s proposal is largely in line with the government’s proposed definition of ‘full net cost’ in its consultation document on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system, which closed on 13 May.