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Packaging committee considers PRN transparency

  The Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) is to consider whether the categories where PRN funding can go may benefit from further amendment, because of a “widespread lack of understanding” of where the money is being spent.


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Scotland could roll out its own PRN system 'within two years' if approved 21 May 2015

Proposals for Scottish PRN system outlined


A Scottish PRN system to devolve producer responsibility for packaging waste could require collectors  to provide evidence that they are collecting 'quality' material. The suggestion comes in Zero Waste Scotland’s Scottish ...

Scotland's Environment Minister Richard Lochhead is backing plans to explore a deposit scheme for beverage containers in Scotland 20 May 2015

Drinks brands wary of ‘costly’ Scottish deposit scheme


Plans to consult on the introduction of a deposit return scheme for plastic, glass, aluminium and steel drinks containers in Scotland have been criticised by packaging producers and major beverage brands as ‘costly and confusing’.

The LGA wants producers to contribute to council waste collection costs 30 April 2015

LGA: Producers must support waste collection costs


Revised EU circular economy plans should require producers to pay a full cost contribution for waste collections and disposal by 2030, the Local Government Association (LGA) has suggested. In an a

Aluminium sector braced for higher recycling targets 23 April 2015

Alupro calls for changes to PRN system


Metal recycling organisation Alupro has called for an “overhaul” of how PRNs are issued, following a shortfall in the amount of aluminium packaging recovered in the first quarter of 2015. Alupro, which represents aluminium ...

Provisional data released today shows a promising start to the year for glass packaging - but not for aluminium 22 April 2015

Aluminium and recovery hit hard in Q1 packaging data


Changes to scrap metal protocols have led to a “concerning” shortfall in the amount of aluminium packaging recovered in the first quarter of 2015, some industry sources have claimed in response to provisional recycling data released today...

April 1 Shipping exports 13 April 2015

Exports ‘not to blame’ for tough plastics market


Secondary commodities sector trade body The Recycling Association has reacted strongly to suggestions that exports of plastic scrap and the PRN system are to blame for tough trading conditions currently affecting UK plastics recyclers.

The Advisory Committee on Packaging has issued its recommendations for the European Commission's Circular Economy Package 9 April 2015

ACP sets out EU circular economy proposals


The UK government’s Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) has submitted a series of proposals to the European Commission to take into account when drawing up its revised Circular Economy package this year. Proposed new targets ...

Research suggests the recycling rate for plastics packaging may be higher than previously though 8 April 2015

Defra assesses future of plastics packaging target


The government is seeking views on the future of plastics packaging targets, after research suggested that the recycling rate for the material is higher than previously thought. A consultation paper was launched by the Department ...

Concerns over the long term viability of the UK plastics recycling sector continue to linger 7 April 2015

Export and PRNs blamed for Closed Loop difficulties


Reforms to the packaging recovery note (PRN) system, including incentives for the use of recycled materials, could have shielded plastics recyclers from market volatility currently affecting the sector the British Plastics Federation (BPF) ...

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