The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has hosted a consultation event for industry stakeholders to develop its call for reform of the packaging waste regime.
More than 50 people from waste management companies, local authorities, Government departments and the packaging and food and drink industries attended the session in London, with the ESA saying that “frank and open views” were expressed.
Removing responsibility from councils for the collection of packaging waste from households is among alternatives to the UK’s current packaging recovery note (PRN) system, including the PERN export version, mooted in the report, A Discussion of the UK PRN/PERN System for Packaging Waste and Possible Alternatives.
The report, prepared by consultancies Perchards and 360 Environmental, was commissioned in anticipation of higher packaging recycling targets and a greater emphasis on extended producer responsibility.
The ESA event featured presentations from executive director Jacob Hayler (pictured) and a summary of the possible alternatives to the current PRN system by the report author. It was followed by discussions on different aspects of the report.
900 Jacob Hayler
Hayler said the event provided insights about developing a system to meet future challenges within the PRN and PERN system.
“This is one of several issues that needs to be to be resolved to create a long-term strategy for the waste management industry.
“With the right policy drivers, we believe the industry can deliver new waste infrastructure worth £10bn, build 15 million tonnes of new processing capacity, create 50,000 jobs and save Government and council taxpayers billions of pounds.”