1. Waste & Resource Strategy
At-a-Glance Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/resources-and-waste-strategy-for-england/resources-and-waste-strategy-at-a-glance
Full Document: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/765914/resources-waste-strategy-dec-2018.pdf
It’s finally here! The UK Government’s Waste & Resource Strategy outlines the Government’s plan to tackle the waste crisis. Of course, plastic waste is a major focus, but they’re looking broadly at waste: food, packaging, clothing, batteries, electrical, construction, etc.. And not just the waste itself, but how it’s managed, or mismanaged in the case of waste crime. Highly recommend this read. Many of the proposals and plans herein will directly impact you and your business.
Much of this strategy is subject to consultation and more specific legislature, but below are some of the relevant proposals included:
- Working toward all plastic packaging being either recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. (pg 13)
- Extended Producer Responsibility: the intention is to review how the Government can incentivise the producers to bring more sustainable materials to the market – they would be taxed for the full cost of managing their products at end of life (if it’s not easily recyclable, this would in theory bear a larger tax). (pg 32)
- Tax on plastic packaging using less than 30% recycled material (check out our Revive range which already meets this criteria #shamelessplug) (pg 41)
- Deposit Return Scheme for single-use drinks containers (pg 60)
- Ensuring a consistent set of dry recyclable materials is collected from all households and businesses (pg 68)
- Businesses will need to present recycling and food waste separately from residual waste for collection and make available information on what is recycled. (pg 69)
- Separate weekly food waste collections for every household and business by 2023 (pg 70)
- Government will review collection models for densely populated areas to improve recycling – that could mean they pilot a shared domestic and business collection service (pg 73).
- Piloting a food waste reduction scheme supported by a £15-million fund. This will likely look like a redistribution scheme which moves food surplus from businesses to charities to redistribute to the hungry public. (pg 100)
- Encourage businesses to set a food waste reduction target, and may consider mandatory food waste prevention targets. (pg 103)
- Will call for development of new standards for compostable, biodegradable, and other “innovative” packaging. (pg 125)
As consultations take place and formal legislature comes to pass, we are likely to see lots of change! Buckle up my friends, the next few years will be exciting to say the least!