meeting recovery and recycling targets for packaging waste was
published today by environment minister Michael Meacher. This follows
the entry into force on 4 June of the amended packaging recovery and
The document, 'Forward Look for Planning Purposes', was proposed by
the Producer Responsibility Forum, and has been compiled from a range
of sources including the Environment Agency and Material
Organisations. It includes information on:
tonnages of packaging in the waste stream;
material-specific considerations, including end-use markets and
recovery and recycling achievements in 1998 and forecast recovery in
Mr Meacher said:
'Business needs as much information as possible about packaging and
packaging waste and about the reprocessing capacity available if they
are to plan successfully to comply with the recovery and recycling
targets in the packaging Regulations in 2001.
'This new document will help business to meet the 1999 and 2000
interim targets, which came into force on 4 June, and more
importantly, the full targets in 2001. This will enable the UK to
comply with the recovery and recycling targets in the EC Directive on
Packaging and Packaging Waste.'
The Forward Look for Planning Purposes was first proposed at the
Producer Responsibility Operators' Forum which discusses a range of
issues connected with the implementation of the packaging
Regulations. Forum members were concerned that a range of data and
information were not available to help business take a strategic
approach to meeting the Directive targets in 2001. Membership of the
Forum includes local authorities, compliance schemes, the waste
industry, Materials Organisations and business organisations as well
as the Department and the Environment Agency.
The recovery and recycling targets which came into force on 4 June
were announced in Michael Meacher's reply to a parliamentary question
on 28 January and change the recovery and recycling targets for 1999 from 38% and 7% to 43% and 10% and the targets for 2000 from 43% and 11% to 45% and 13% respectively.
The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations
1997 came into force on 6 March 1997 and transpose elements of the EC
Directive (94/62/EC) on packaging and packaging waste. The
Regulations place on certain businesses obligations to recover and
recycle specified tonnages of packaging waste based on the amount of
packaginghandled by the business. By 2001 at least 50% of packaging
waste in the UK will be recovered. Any business handling more than 50
tonnes of packaging annually and with a turnover of more than
£5m (falling to more than£2m in 2000) will be obligated
if it performs one or more of the following activities: manufacturing
raw materials for packaging; converting materials into packaging;
filling packaging; selling filled packaging; importing packaging/
The activity obligations in the Regulations are: raw material
manufacturing 6%; converting 11%; pack/filling 36%; selling 47%.
Changes to these activity obligations have been proposed and will be
subject to consultation.
A review of the Regulations took place in 1998. The Advisory
Committee on Packaging submitted its recommendations to the minister
on 24 June and followed this with further advice on 22 December in a
letter from Peter Parker, chairman, to Michael Meacher. The
changes that the government intends to make were announced in a reply
to a parliamentary question on 28 January 1999. Changes to the
operation of the Packaging Waste Recovery Note (PRN) system were
announced on 31 March.