The Federation has responded to the recent consultation from Government on establishing an improved consistency in collections of waste from households and business premises.
As many members are aware there is a woeful lack of consistency across England with each Local Authority having their own policies.
The aim of the consultation is to get much improved consistency which is vital if we, as an industry, are to meet the targets being set by Government under the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging.
Our major concern when reviewing the consultation was that there were many questions that indicated that Government wanted to give Local Authorities more latitude to delay improvements. This was not the case with the EPR consultation where industry was not offered the same levels of delay.
We were supported in our response by INCPEN and the Packaging Federation plus a number of other trade associations.
Our stance was that Local Authorities must be held accountable and that all timings for improvement must be aligned with EPR. As industry will be paying up to £9.5bn into the proposed EPR system, so it is vital we see improvements in the consistency of all waste collections.
If any member would like to see a copy of our responses to either the Collections or EPR Consultation then please contact Siobhan.