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Information and data to help businesses take a strategic approach to ...
Information and data to help businesses take a strategic approach to

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

recycling targets.

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

collection; 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/

packaging materials.

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.

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