Environmental consultancy Eunomia is carrying out research for the European Commission about how to improve compliance with extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations.
EPR is long recognised within the EU for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), batteries and packaging. Under EPR, producers – both manufacturers and retailers – take financial responsibility for the end-of-life management of products and packaging by collectively contributing to a common fund.
Defra’s announcement that it is now illegal for businesses to supply plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds to customers has been heavily criticised by environmental charities for not going far enough.
The Environment Agency (EA) has announced that it will be increasing storage limits at waste transfer stations under its new standard rules permits, with details revealed in a consultation response document on Monday (24 August).