Press release: delay to the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging.

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Press Release
Date: 25 July 2023

NAWDO press release: Delay to the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging.

Tuesday 25th July 2023

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NAWDO is disappointed by the delay to extended [producer responsibility (EPR) that the government has announced today.  EPR is a vital component of the wider reforms of the waste and resources sector that were set out in the Resources and Waste Strategy, and this delay throws further doubt on how and if those reforms will be taken forward.

This is particularly true for the Consistency agenda, on which there has been no government response to the second consultation that closed more than two years ago. Local authorities face increasing financial pressures from the disjointed approach that has been taken to policy delivery from different government departments and need to see this approach changed.

Today’s decision does nothing to provide local authorities with the certainty required in relation to future funding arrangements and system requirements to make the right investment decisions.  This uncertainty will have a similar impact on the rest of the supply chain that are expected to provide the vehicles, containers, treatment capacity and other resources needed to deliver the necessary system change.

NAWDO urges the government to not delay any further the release of the Consistency consultation response despite this delay to EPR, so that local authorities can get on with planning for future service changes before the expiring of contracts and fleets forces short term decisions to be made.  This will only lead to a delay in residents receiving the improved services they deserve and the sector’s ability to contribute to achieving net zero targets.

NAWDO Chair, Sam Horne, stated ‘local authorities stand ready to implement the Collections and Packaging Reforms but can only do so with the right legislative and financial levers in place.  We are keen to work with DEFRA to ensure that implementation is done as quickly as is practicably possible and ensure the right environmental and social outcomes are achieved.’

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