Packaging recycling obligations for packaging producers are determined by national business targets set by the government. In order to account for packaging handled by non-obligated companies the UK business targets are set at a higher level than the European Directive targets to ensure the UK as a whole complies with the European Directive targets.
The last round of targets were announced in Budget 2012 and cover the five year period form 2013-17 as seen below. This includes a new split target for glass to encourage more cullet to be sent for remelt rather than other applications such as aggregates. The glass targets were amended in 2014 after new data came to light and, following consultation, have recently been extended to 2020. The consultation also included options for revised plastics targets for 2016 and 2017 and extended plastic targets to 2020. The table below shows the current business targets. Further consultations regarding other material targets to 2020 are expected later in 2016.
The targets are intended to ensure that the UK complies with the packaging recycling targets set out in Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste. While targets in the existing Directive have already been achieved, these recycling levels are currently under review. A target to prepare for reuse and recycle a minimum of 65% of packaging by 2025, rising to 75% in 2030, was proposed by the European Commission in December 2015 as part of the Circular Economy Package.
|by which re-melt||65||66||67||67||67||67||67|
* amended and extended (to 2020) targets for plastics and glass were announced in the 2016 Budget and are now required to be incorporated into legislation.
|EU Directive target (in place since 2008) (%)|
|Paper and board||60|
|Total recycling and composting||55|
|Total energy recovery, recycling and composting||60|
|Proposed 2025 targets (%)||Proposed 2030 targets (%)|
|Paper and board||75||85|
|Total prepared for re-use and recycled||65||75|