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Net packaging obligation 'easily achievable'

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Early data from the Environment Agency suggests that obligated packaging across all materials in 2016 was close to 2015 levels, according to a leading authority on the sector.

The breakdown of information supplied by relevant producers has been published on the National Packaging Waste Database, as has the latest monthly breakdown being trialled by Defra and the Advisory Committee on Packaging, chaired by Phil Conran (pictured). Monthly waste recording is not mandatory under the trial.

Phil Conran Jan 2015

400 Phil Conran Jan 2015

Conran, on his 360 Environmental website, notes that there have been 6,671 registrations to date this year, below the 7,008 logged by the end of 2016, so “a significant number of companies” have yet to submit their data.

He said: “The table below shows the comparison of the final obligated tonnage for 2016, with the latest data suggesting that the amount of packaging used in 2016 is likely to be pretty much the same as 2015 across all materials.

”When you apply the targets and deduct the carry forward PRNs from 2016, the net obligation for 2017 looks easily achievable, recognising that there will still be some growth.”

 Paper GlassAluminiumSteelPlasticWoodOther
Final 2016 data 3,991,952 2,097,071 162,292 492,074 1,994,400 1,105,227 21,974
First 2017 data 3,978,756 2,075,073 156,889 477,232 1,954,001 1,066,149 20,963
% change -0.3% -1.0% -3.3% -3.0% -2.0% -3.5% -4.6%

Conran says the new monthly data for Q1 allays concern about the effect of market conditions on plastic, saying the position looks “comfortable”.

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