As it reaches its 21st birthday, the PRN has found itself in the eye of a storm. Slightly mysterious considering that in 2018 it pumped over £130 million into the packaging recycling industry but, unfortunately for the PRN, that success has raised its profile. We now have cries for simplicity from the government without a realisation that it is not the PRN that is complex but rather the underlying process, which has so many moving parts.
The Scottish Government has submitted legislation for the introduction of its deposit return scheme (DRS) for beverage containers, with the scheme currently slated for a 1 April 2021 commencement date.
The Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) has stated that some form of packaging compliance fee could be introduced in 2020, but that the tight legislative timetable would preclude its introduction in 2019.
The Packaging Scheme Forum has warned of a looming crisis in the packaging recycling industry, with the price of Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) for plastic rising while recycling rates drop. Could a packaging compliance fee be the solution?
Key stakeholders from across the packaging supply chain have written to Environment Secretary Michael Gove to outline their priorities for the next stage of delivery of the Resources and Waste Strategy.
Waste management company Biffa has called on the government to recommend the separate collection of paper and card from households in addition to food waste in its eventual core materials collection model.
New reforms, including a deposit return scheme (DRS), could see aluminium recycling almost double if implemented, preventing around £50 million of wasted resources each year, according to a new report by environmental think tank Green Alliance.
Every year we throw away millions of tonnes of wrapping paper, decorations, food and other debris left over from the Christmas festivities. If you’re struggling to know what to do with your waste, check out Resource’s short recycling guide.
Nespresso is set to become the first coffee company to use responsibly-sourced aluminium to produce its coffee capsules after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with aluminium producer Rio Tinto Aluminium.