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Packaging law set for change

More companies will have to pay for packaging recycling if law changes proposed by the Government are adopted.

Firms leasing, importing, licensing or franchising packaging would come under the amended packaging regulations.

The suggested changes to the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations have been put out to consultation.

A Government spokesman said: "The impact of the proposals would be to spread the recycling burden more equitably among a wider group of businesses.

"By obligating a greater proportion of the packaging waste in the waste stream, the proposals would allow targets to be kept lower than they might otherwise be."

Currently, all firms with an annual turnover in excess of £2 million, which handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging each year, have to pay towards its recycling. This is generally done by the purchase of packaging recovery notes.

The spokesman added: "Some packaging has escaped obligation up until now, and the Government is proposing to correct that and ensure that the maximum amount of packaging is within the regulations."

The consultation paper is available at Interested parties have until June 22 to respond.

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