Packaging schemes must go further and faster to tackle Climate Emergency
The Government recently shared some plans for two pieces of legislation. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) will make companies responsible for dealing with their packaging at the end of its life. A Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) will mean shoppers will pay a deposit on soft drinks, which they get back when returning their empty bottles or cans. The Government asked for feedback through a consultation process. NLWA has responded and you can read our full responses:
- Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging
- Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
The proposals are a good start, but, given that we are in the middle of a Climate Emergency, we think they need to go further – and faster – if these schemes are to make a real difference to the health of the planet. Our firm views are that:
- There must be no further delays to the EPR and DRS plans
- Further action is still needed on waste prevention and packaging reuse before the end of its life.
- There is an urgent need for a simple, clear labelling system for everyday goods so that people know what packaging can be recycled, and what can’t.
- Local authorities should have powers to make recycling compulsory.
Here’s a bit more detail on some of our main concerns with the proposals, and what we are calling on the Government to do: