Valpak, the producer responsibility scheme has welcomed the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announcement of targets for industry for the next three years.
The company believes that Defra has given a clear timetable of incremental targets to ensure that the UK can achieve its requirements under the EU Packaging Directive.
Chief executive Steve Gough said: To have a view of the targets so early in the year and for the next three years is hugely helpful, and we appreciate Defras efforts here. It helps us to continue to take steps well in advance to keep our members costs to a minimum.
We are hoping for more information on targets for 2011 and 2012 as well as on the issue of broadly equivalent evidence, and we know the Government is working on these issues as we speak.
Early targets, strong legislation and a clear view of targets into the future mean that the Government and business win on two levels- in the first place producer responsibility legislation for packaging will deliver the UK contribution to the EU Directive, but on another level the targets bind all business to the reason for having the legislation in the first instance: to ensure better resource efficiency and an improved environment.