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 previous round of targets were announced in Budget 2012 and covered the five-year period form 2013-17. This included a 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, were extended to 2020. The consultation also included options for revised plastics targets for 2016 and 2017 and extended plastic targets to 2020. In March Budget 2017 the aluminium, steel, paper and wood targets, and the general recycling and recovery targets were set for 2020. The table below shows the business recycling targets.
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.
Targets for UK businesses
|Material||2016 (%)||2017 (%)||2018 (%)||2019 (%)||2020 (%)|
|by which re-melt||67||67||67||67||67|
|EU Directive target (in place since 2008) (%)|
|Paper and board||60|
|Total recycling and composting||55|
|Total energy recovery, recycling and composting||60|
EU 2025 and 2030 targets
|2025 targets (%)||2030 targets (%)|
|Paper and board||75||85|
|Total prepared for re-use and recycled||65||70|
*up to 5% points may be attained via reusable sales packaging placed on the market, as an average across the past three years. Wood which is prepared for reuse can be used when calculating the recycling achievement for wood.