PRE-BUDGET: CALL FOR CLARITY AND AMBITION IN PACKAGING RECYCLING TARGETS AND A SIGNAL ON SUPPORTING PRE-BREXIT STABILITY FOR OUR INDUSTRY

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Resource Association today restated our call for ambition on packaging recycling in advance of the Budget statement tomorrow.

An announcement on packaging recycling business targets is anticipated, following the consultation exercise with industry that closed on 6 January. 

Chief Executive Ray Georgeson said:

“Alongside our colleagues at Alupro, we called on Government to deliver greater ambition in aluminium packaging recycling targets by choosing their Option 3 and in addition a review of the current 2017 target to recognise that the existing target has already been exceeded and more ambition is required. The precedent was set last year with mid-year changes in plastics and glass and we urge the Chancellor to take the same approach in his announcements tomorrow.”

The Association has also called for the Chancellor to send a clear signal and message to our industry about our prospects during the Brexit negotiations. Ray Georgeson added:

“More broadly, we would like to hear the Chancellor acknowledge that British manufacturing and resources industries remain an important part of the future economy and will need attention and support in the same way that more prominent sectors receive from Government.  In many ways, our work is the roots and foundation of the economy, as well as having such strong potential to grow and evolve into a more resource-efficient and employment-intensive circular economy with the right package of measures, incentives and regulation from Government. Early, simple measures could go a long way towards easing pre-Brexit uncertainty for our industry and boosting the prospects for delivering the reversal of declining recycling rates in England. 

These could include:

  • Action to require greater transparency reporting of the end destination of recycling collected by councils and industry, to refresh public confidence in the recycling process and improve participation rates;
  • Modest revisions to the Packaging Recovery Notes (PRN and PERN) system to level the playing field in favour of UK reprocessing;
  • A new approach to green public procurement to more systematically favour the utilisation of recycled content to draw through more recycled material into products.”

Ray Georgeson concluded:

“There is plenty more we could call for, but if the Chancellor delivered all of this tomorrow he would make me and many others in our industry very happy indeed.  I always remain optimistic, but that said, I’m not expecting to be cracking open the champagne tomorrow.”