A Liberal Democrat (Lib Dem) motion to curb excessive packing criticised Government policy on package reduction and said that the Waste Strategy 2007 falls short of presenting effective proposals to tackle excess packaging. The motion, voted in at the partys annual conference this week, stated that the Government had failed to meet European Union targets to reduce packaging using Producer Responsibility Obligations. It also criticised the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Packaging Waste Recovery Notes policy and said it had failed to halt rising levels of packaging. The Courtauld Commitment did not escape criticism and was called ineffectual because it is voluntary and lacks protocol for reporting progress. In answer to these criticisms the Lib Dems proposed new legislation to force retailers and producers to reduce packaging through binding reduction targets and financial incentives. Under the motion, supermarkets that are more than 250m2 would need to provide waste points in store for customers to dump unwanted packaging. The Packaging Regulations would be strengthened and would be enforced by the Trading Standards Office. A national body would be created with powers to prosecute large scale producers of excessive packaging, while the Courtauld Commitment would be replaced with binding packaging restriction targets for producers and retailers. Community schemes, such as Modburys banning of plastic bag, would also be encouraged. And fiscal incentives would be brought in to minimise packaging and disposable products.