UK packaging producers to pay full recycling costs under waste scheme

Dec. 17, 2018 The Guardian: "Retailers and producers of packaging will be forced to pay the full cost of collecting and recycling it under the [UK] government’s new waste strategy...

The British environment secretary said, "Together we can move away from being a throwaway society to one that looks at waste as a valuable resource. We will cut our reliance on single-use plastics, end confusion over household recycling, tackle the problem of packaging by making polluters pay, and end the economic, environmental and moral scandal that is food waste."

"This type of system is already in place in other European countries such as Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands."
The UK strategy states: "Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is a powerful environmental policy approach through which a producer’s responsibility for a product is extended to the post-use stage. This incentivises producers to design their products to make it easier for them to be re-used, dismantled and/or recycled at end of life.
It has been adopted in many countries around the world, across a broad range of products, to deliver higher collection, recycling and recovery rates."