Re­cy­cling plan for pack­ag­ing firms to meet 100pc of cost

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Katie Mor­ley

PACK­AG­ING man­u­fac­tur­ers could be forced to fund 100 per cent of the cost of re­cy­cling of house­hold waste un­der pro­pos­als set to be laid out by Michael Gove, the En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary.

It is un­der­stood that the highly an­tic­i­pated re­source and waste re­view will float a range of op­tions to re­form the UK’S bro­ken re­cy­cling sys­tem, in­clud­ing a rad­i­cal plan to force man­u­fac­tur­ers to fund up to 100 per cent of UK house­holds’ re­cy­cling.

At present, they foot around 10 per cent of the to­tal bill through a coupon sys­tem, with lo­cal coun­cils us­ing con­stituents’ coun­cil tax pay­ments to fund the re­main­ing 90 per cent.

If taken for­ward, the op­tion would give coun­cils a col­lec­tive boost of up to £1 bil­lion, in­dus­try sources said. They would then be ex­pected to spend the ex­tra money, around £20 per house­hold, on im­prov­ing re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties.

It is also thought that coun­cil bosses could be made to revamp re­cy­cling sys­tems to meet a new na­tional min­i­mum stan­dard, in a bid to end the re­cy­cling chaos caused by a lack of uni­for­mity across the UK.

In­dus­try sources said they had been con­tacted by Gov­ern­ment aides who were at­tempt­ing to es­tab­lish at what level taxes should be levied to man­u­fac­tur­ers us­ing dif­fer­ent types of pack­ag­ing ma­te­ri­als.

The sys­tem, in which man­u­fac­tur­ers get re­funds if their pack­ag­ing is suc­cess­fully re­cy­cled, is de­signed to dis­cour­age man­u­fac­tur­ers from us­ing non-re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als in pack­ag­ing.

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