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Defra lowers glass target to 75% in 2014

Defra has lowered the business glass packaging recycling target after a public consultation indicated strong support for the measure.

The current 81% target for obligated producers has been amended, as well as the 63% and 37% split between remelt and aggregate application.

The changes will come into effect for the 2014 compliance year, despite strong opposition from the glass sector, with the target for 2014 lowered to 75% and the split changed to 65%/35%.

In 2015 the target will be 76%, with a remelt/aggregate split of 66%/34%.

From 2016 onwards, it will be 77%, with a split of 67%/33%.

A consultation on amending the targets that was run over the Christmas period showed that 72% of respondents were in favour of lowering the target to 75%.

A minority of respondents favoured the options of lowering the target from 81% to 77%.

Defra said it had chosen a “hybrid option” suggested by some respondents of reducing the target from 81% to 75% in 2014, and then increasing it by one percentage point per year up to 77% in 2016.

It said: “Government have decided to proceed with this ‘hybrid’ option as it provides the best of both worlds – it reduces the target with immediate effect to a level which should have a very real impact on glass PRN prices.

“However, setting an incrementally increasing glass target gives industry a clear investment signal and time to invest. This should enable higher recycling rates to be delivered in future at a lower cost than currently possible.”

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