Between now and 2025, UK Producers will experience significant changes in how they will be required to report their data and in the way compliance fees will be determined and charged. It is important that you are aware of these changes and how they will impact your business.
SUP Straws, Cotton Buds and Drink Stirrers banned from October 1st. Leftover supplies may be sold until April 1st 2021. Drinks products with single-use plastic straws attached to packaging banned from July 2021.
Fee for plastic shopping bags in England, Wales and Scotland doubled to 10p in April and applies to all retail outlets. Originally introduced in 2015, some smaller retailers were exempt, however this no longer applies.
A UK Plastic Packaging tax is planned for April 2022. Rates are set at £200 per tonne of plastic packaging, manufactured or imported with less than 30% recycled content. Click here for further details.
Major reforms of the existing Packaging Producer Responsibility and PRN systems are intended to be implemented in a phased manner from 2024. Significant changes are anticipated with fees expected to rise substantially above current levels.
The Resources and Waste Strategy for England has made clear its ambition to mirror the targets set by the UK Plastic Pact, with all plastic packaging required to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
As part of the Resources and Waste Strategy for England (2018) a strategic ambition to work towards eliminating food waste going to landfill by 2030.