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Glass packaging target amended by resource minister

The government has formally amended an error in the glass packaging targets.

Resource minister Lord De Mauley told the Commons that the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 were now correct.

It followed a letter from Defra in March announcing the intention to correct an error in the laws.

The wrong formula had been used to calculate the proportion of a producer’s glass obligations that have to be met by PRNs/PERNs from remelt.

Lord de Mauley said: “In practical terms the error has had no impact on business, with UK environment agencies using a correct version of the formula and enforcing against the intended 63% target.

“This instrument does not impose any new burden on any business. However, I apologise unreservedly for the error and hope that I have adequately explained that this instrument is intended to do no more than correct a mistake.”

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