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Advisory Committee on Packaging calls on Defra to set 2011 targets

Packaging waste targets for 2011 must be put in place “as soon as possible” the Advisory Committee on Packaging has advised the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

At a meeting of the Committee in June, the committee said that in order for companies to plan ahead, Defra must reveal packaging targets for next year. It advised that Defra would need to take into account the responses given on the consultation for proposed packaging waste targets for 2015-2020, particularly for glass, plastic and aluminium.

The minutes of the meeting also revealed that Defra has asked the Committee to establish a taskforce to investigate industry concerns over the increased gap between obligated tonnage and total packaging waste arisings in the Packaging Regulations Consultation. From the 96 responses Defra received for the consultation “a significant number” of them indicated this was an issue.

However, the Committee felt packaging waste recycling figures published by the Environment Agency for Q1 were “encouraging” and it predicted that if the UK carries on performing at this rate 2010 recycling targets for recycling and recovery should be met on all materials. Meanwhile, it advised that the drop in obligation for 2010 packaging waste recycling against the previous year should be investigated.

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