The rate of the Plastic Packaging Tax, as detailed in the 2023 Spring Budget, will increase in line with the Consumer Price Index this year.
Q4 2022 data for the UK’s portable battery collections indicates that 95.6% of the annual target has been achieved so far.
Q4 2022 WEEE collection data released earlier this month reveals the annual collections target has been missed for the sixth consecutive year.
Material Focus has conducted new research, with the support of Ricardo, aimed at identifying metrics to enhance the UK's waste electrical and portable battery systems' circularity.
A pioneering new facility is now open in Fife which provides a closed-loop solution for the UK challenge of ‘hard-to-recycle’ soft plastics.
As information surrounding the finer details of extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging starts to emerge, producers can start preparing to ensure they are ready for the first data submission later this year and a fully implemented system in 2024.
Obligated packaging producers in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland are now legally required to collect information on the amount and type of packaging they have supplied during 2023. Wales will follow shortly.
The support package from Circularity Scotland will help to alleviate the administrative and financial pressures producers will face when the Scottish deposit return scheme (DRS) goes live on 16 August.
On 30 November 2022, the European Commission published an update to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) as part of the Circular Economy package.
You have required actions under packaging EPR if you’re an individual business, subsidiary or group with an annual turnover of £1 million pounds or more, are responsible for more than 25 tonnes of packaging in a calendar year and you carry out any of the specified packaging activities listed by government.
It is worth noting that the point of compliance under EPR sits with a single organisation, usually the brand owner.