EPR for packaging to cost between GBP .5 and 1 billion a year

UK launches new strategy for resources and waste

UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove visited Veolia’s Materials Recycling Facility in Southwark, London to launch the Resources and Waste Strategy (photo courtesy Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – Defra).

On 18 December 2018, the UK Government revealed a new resources and waste strategy that will see industry (businesses and manufacturers) pay for the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste as part of a new initiative to eliminate avoidable plastic waste and to protect the environment from its harmful effects. This will be included as part of extended producer responsibility.

This was announced by UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who mentioned that waste will have to be looked at as a valuable resource to help conserve finite reserves of non-renewable resources. Single-use plastics and food waste will be prime targets.

As part of this new strategy, producers are required to focus more on hard-to-recycle items like cars, electrical goods and batteries. The government intends to launch collection systems for recyclable materials to further enhance recycling levels.

Industry will have to provide funding through extended producer responsibility (EPR) and develop sustainable design; higher fees will have to be paid on products that are hard to reuse, repair or recycle. The EPR program for packaging is planning to raise full net costs between GBP 0.5 billion and GBP 1.0 billion (Rs. 4,000 to 8,000 crore) per year for recycling and disposal. The government will also review EPR schemes for other items that are hard or costly to reuse/recycle like textiles, fishing gear, vehicle tyres, construction materials and bulky waste like mattresses, furniture and carpets. The strategy will also review labeling on packaging, deposit return schemes, mandatory/extended warranties on products and targets for prevention of food waste.  z       S Chidambar

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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S. Chidambar is an engineer and management consultant, who is one of the India's best known professionals in the Packaging and Plastics industries. He has been the CEO of four leading Packaging companies and his clients include some of the industry's leading organizations both in India and abroad.He writes extensively on Packaging,Plastics,Printing/Conversion and Communications and has been visiting faculty to IIP and several other mangement institutes for many years.He has pioneered the development of several hi-tech materials and applications.


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