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Shoppers need educating

Retailers legal obligations to tell consumers about the need to recycle are to be examined in a bid to meet the Packaging Regulations.

The Government is set to talk to the Environment Agency and compliance schemes to see what stores can do to boost public awareness.

The Packaging Directive requires the UK to meet stringent targets in 2008, including raising glass packaging recycling to 60% from 37% now. And DEFRA head of producer responsibility Sheila McKinley this week insisted retailers were key to this drive.

She told delegates at the MRW-organised Recycling Retail Waste conference: A great push will be needed to inform consumers how they can contribute. We are about to look at retailers consumer-information obligations.

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