Defra Proposes Reducing Glass Recycling Targets

17-10-134picDefra has launched a one-month consultation on whether the glass recycling target for obligated businesses should be reduced from its current 81 percent.

The current target stands at 81 percent, which contributes to the EU’s overall 60 percent glass recycling target for the UK – including both business and local collection glass recycling rates.

Evidence published by WRAP and Valpak Consulting in October 2013 indicated that the UK is currently over-achieving against the EU’s glass packaging recycling target.

As a result, Defra says the glass targets in the regulations could be reduced from the current target of 81 percent, to a level that would still achieve EU targets, whilst continuing to maximise benefits for consumers, business and the environment.

Defra – “These options are based on ensuring we achieve sufficient recovery and recycling of glass in order to continue to meet the EU minimum targets”

In summary the options included in this consultation document and Impact Assessment under consideration are:

  • option 1 – Do nothing – keep the glass packaging recycling business target at 81 percent
  • option 2(a) – Lower the glass packaging recycling business targets to 75 percent and maintain the split between remelt and other applications at the same percentages
  • option 2(b) – Lower the glass packaging recycling business target to 75 percent and amend the split between remelt and other applications
  • option 3(a) – Lower the glass packaging recycling business target to 77 percent and maintain the split between remelt and other applications at the same percentages
  • option 3(b) – Lower the glass packaging recycling business target to 77 percent and amend the split between remelt and other applications.

“These options are based on ensuring we achieve sufficient recovery and recycling of glass in order to continue to meet the EU minimum targets,” Defra states. It also states that is has no preferred option.

Keeping the targets at current levels incurs higher costs on obligated producers to deliver the required level of recycling set by the business targets, according to Defra.

“This is indicated by the current PRN prices and the current evidence on costs and benefits. Options 2 and 3 deliver a net benefit, but also a net cost to business. This is due to the reduction in material revenue that reprocessing businesses receive. Obligated producers benefit significantly from lower collection and sorting costs for recycling, and a related lower PRN price but this is offset directly by the lower PRN revenue received by reprocessors and exporters,” Defra states.

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