Apples and carrots in plastic packaging on a supermarket shelf
Published date: 24 February 2023

Government must press ahead with vital packaging reforms

North London Waste Authority has responded to reports that retailers are asking the government to reconsider proposed reforms which could bring about a significant reduction in waste.

NLWA has already argued that the proposed deposit return scheme, the extended producer responsibility legislation and partial bans on some single use plastics have already been watered down to please environmentally damaging businesses. We have written to ministers and responded to government consultations to urge the government to press ahead and bring about the changes needed to get unnecessary plastic out of our waste.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA said:

“This is a hugely disappointing response from retailers, who should already be going faster and further than what is finally on the table, afters years of delays and navel gazing. They've had and still have more than enough time to adapt and plan for these changes. We call on the Government to revert to its original high ambitions.”