Defra have published two consultations. The first is the Packaging and packaging waste: introducing Extended Producer Responsibility. The second is the Introduction of a deposit return scheme in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Both consultations will close on 4th June 2021. Please contact the REA here with any questions.


Packaging and packaging waste: introducing Extended Producer Responsibility

The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme would mean that packaging producers will pay the full cost of managing packaging once it becomes waste. This will encourage producers to use less packaging and use more recyclable materials, reducing the amount of hard to recycle packaging placed on the market.

The REA will be responding to this consultation. Our aims include that:

a) the reformed system comprehensively includes compostable packaging,
b) modulated fees applicable to this kind of packaging are set such that biowaste treatment facility operators – those registered  as ‘reprocessors’ under the EPR system – receive income that covers the full net costs of recovering or recycling (i.e. biodegrading) this kind of packaging, and
c) a proportion of income to the reformed system is directed towards info/education/behaviour change resources and communications on which packaging is suitable and which other packaging is not suitable for putting into food waste bins.

We will also consider whether the reformed system should include bin liners and kitchen caddie liners (these product formats are not currently defined as packaging) and if yes, how it should distinguish between compostable and non-compostable versions and what other aspects of system redesign would be needed


Introduction of a deposit return scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) will aim to increase the recycling rate of drinks containers and reduce littering. Introducing such a scheme will help change consumer behaviour to encourage higher levels of drinks container recycling.