The Consultation on the proposed Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) has now closed but we would urge all members to lobby their local MP on the potential impact on the scheme being proposed by the Government.
The cost, as calculated by the Government, would transfer £2.7bn of cost annually to Industry. Indeed, experts in the industry have estimated that this cost could increase to £3.5bn.
This will mean members’ packaging, recycling and recovery costs rising significantly with estimates suggesting 20 to 30-fold from the current PRN system.
We have major concerns that the EPR proposal means that Business Waste Collections will become free to businesses and paid for by our members. There is already a very effective system for clearing business waste, and we see no sense in changing this. Furthermore, if you take away the impact of costs to a business then you will not drive a change in behaviour.
The proposal for the scheme to pay Local Authorities for litter collection is also of concern. This has the potential to be both open ended and a massive burden on the scheme.
Members can find the details of their local MP via this link.
If anyone would like support in drafting a letter then please contact BFFF CEO, Richard Harrow, who will be delighted to support you in this.