PACKAGING TARGETS CONSULTATION – RESOURCE ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR MORE FOCUS ON QUALITY, CONSISTENCY AND SEPARATE COLLECTION ON THE JOURNEY TO HIGHER PACKAGING RECYCLING

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Resource Association today responded to the Government consultation on revisions to packaging recycling business targets with a call to Government to recognise the importance of achieving high quality recycling collection as part of its approach to packaging recycling.

The Association supports the Government’s Option 2 for paper and wood packaging recycling as also supported by the Confederation of Paper Industries and Wood Recyclers Association.  The Association also endorses Alupro’s call for more ambition on aluminium packaging recycling to include Option 3 and a review of the current 2017 target to recognise that the existing target has already been exceeded and more ambition is required.  Having set a precedent with reviewing the plastics and glass targets in mid-year during 2016, we believe this should be a priority.

Association Chief Executive Ray Georgeson commented:

“The low-cost compliance approach taken in the UK Packaging Regulations has worked well for many, but as targets rise systems must be prioritised that recover more of the difficult to reach material for municipal streams and from smaller commercial enterprises.  Consistent, quality-driven municipal collections will be crucial, which is why we continue to commend the approach taken by WRAP in their Consistency framework to identify separate collections as delivering lower cost and higher quality recycling over the long term – as is being effectively implemented in Wales through their Collections Blueprint now delivering the highest national municipal recycling rates in the United Kingdom.”

The Resource Association's response to the packaging recycling business targets consultation can be read here.