Retailers to Pay for Recycling

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A new United Kingdom Plastic Waste Strategy will result in retailers having to pay full recycling costs. “Supermarkets and other retailers could be charged penalties for putting difficult to recycle packaging – such as black plastic trays – on the market.”

Retailers “would be charged lower fees for packaging that was easy to reuse or recycle. [The strategy is intended to] see the producers of the waste cover the full costs of recycling and collecting it. Currently the taxpayer, through local authorities, funds 90% of the costs of recycling and businesses just 10%. The scheme could also see retailers and producers pay for the cost of clearing up the litter created by their waste and for the enforcement of the scheme.”

Learn about the Resources and waste strategy for England. "This strategy sets out how we will preserve material resources by minimising waste, promoting resource efficiency and moving towards a circular economy in England."

Source: Packaging producers to pay full recycling costs under waste scheme, Dec 17, 2018