Our Policy Department works to keep abreast of all new legislation and requirements that may impact our members. Our strategic objectives are to:
Member Summary Coherence Review - April 2013
On the 17th April 2013 the Government published a consultation on revising the UK WEEE regulations. The proposals include changes that are necessary to transpose the recast WEEE directive, but they also suggest changes to the WEEE system in response to the Red Tape Challenge. Valpak have produced a summary of the consultation which you can access below. If you have any feedback on the proposals please email email@example.com as we will be making a response. The consultation will close on 21st June 2013
Download a copy of Valpak's WEEE Consultation Member summary here.
On 1 February Defra published a consultation on draft MRF regulations for England and Wales. The regulations would require operators of certain MRFs (Material Recovery Facilities) to undertake a testing regime for samples of their inputs and outputs and report quarterly on the results to the Environment Agency (England) or Natural Resources (Wales). Valpak will be making a response so please send any feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. The consultation will run until 26 April 2013.
Draft MRF Regulations for England and Wales Member Summary
The first outlines guidance on applying the waste hierarchy to various materials and the second details proposals to improve the quality of recyclate from waste that is collected and managed in Scotland.
Valpak will be responding to both consultations; if you would like to feedback any comments for inclusion within our responses please email email@example.com. Summaries of the proposals are as follows:
Waste Hierarchy Consultation Member Summary
Recyclate Quality Summary
The Government has released a list of ideas that they are considering to improve the cohesiveness of the current producer responsibility regimes: Packaging, Batteries, Vehicles and WEEE. One suggestion is to re-introduce into the Packaging Waste Regulations the concept of Class D Supply (also known as “wholesaler obligations”).
We support the objectives of the review of the Producer Responsibility Regulations and will be providing initial feedback to Government in late August/early September 2012. We will also respond to the consultation due in early 2013; therefore, should you have any comments on the proposals which you would like to share with us please email firstname.lastname@example.org
View Valpak's response to the review here.
This consultation outlines the Scottish Government's proposals to increase resource efficiency across Scotland within the four main themes of business resource efficiency, products and packaging, reuse and influencing behaviours.
We support the aim of these proposals and will be preparing a response to the consultation which closes on Friday 28th September 2012. Click on the link to download Valpak's consultation summary .
Should you have any feedback on the proposals which you would like for us to account for in our response, please don’t hesitate to contact us; email email@example.com and title your email ‘Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources’.
The Government announced proposals to simplify the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme at the end of March. The proposed changes would be effective from the start of Phase 2 (2013-2014); Valpak are currently preparing a response to the consultation.
We would value the input of members so if you have any feedback on how the proposals will impact on your organisation which you would like to share with us please email firstname.lastname@example.org and title your email ‘CRC Simplification Consultation’.
CRC Member Summary
Valpak CRC Consultation response final
We will be responding to this call for evidence. However, the Government is also keen to hear from individual producers as well, so we would encourage members to submit their own responses to BIS.
A summary of the call for evidence can be found here, and the individual questions can be accessed via this link. Should you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing email@example.com
Following the recast of the RoHS Directive the UK government has issued a consultation regarding the transposition of its requirements into the UK regulations. We are currently preparing a response to the consultation and would be interested in hearing from any members who are affected by the changes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
View a summary of the RoHS Recast and Consultation Summary
The Scottish Government have recently published a Consultation on Proposals for Integrated Framework of Environmental Regulation. Valpak support the objectives of the proposals and are currently preparing a response to the consultation.
If you have any comments on this which you would like to share with us please email email@example.com and title your email ‘Integrated Framework Consultation’.
To view a summary of the Integrated Framework Summary
By the 31st May 2012 all producers of rechargeable portable batteries and automotive batteries will need to comply with new capacity labelling requirements. View Valpak's summary document below:
Defra issued a consultation on the Packaging Waste Targets for 2013-2017 on the 16th December 2011; this consultation closed on 10th February 2012. To view Valpak’s final response to the consultation please click the link below:
We are pleased to see that political agreement has been reached on the WEEE Directive recast and that a conciliation process has been avoided. Once the directive has been officially voted on by the European Parliament (which is due by the end of January), it is expected that the revised Directive will enter into force around the middle of 2012. The UK will then have 18 months to implement any changes. We will communicate further on any proposals to achieve this with the membership.
Valpak have analysed the Defra Waste Review together with the various waste policy papers of the Devolved Administrations and have drawn a number of comparisons regarding the key commitments made in each.
As a result of the Waste Framework Directive, changes have been proposed at EU level to amend the point from which certain waste streams are no longer considered waste, referred to as the "end of waste criteria".
The first waste stream to be considered is scrap metal and an EU Council Regulation has been released which the UK has until October to choose how best to implement its requirements in steel and aluminium.
Valpak understands that the UK Government is considering implementing corresponding changes to the UK Packaging Regulations. This could alter the point at which recycling and recovery evidence (PRNs) are issued.
You may have been contacted about this directly already by the Environment Agency (EA) on behalf of the Government. Please be assured that Valpak have been following this regulation for some time and are continuing to monitor closely the progression of similar regulations anticipated for other packaging materials. We are in talks with the Government and the metals reprocessing sector to better understand and communicate the potential impact of any policy changes.
We strongly believe that any potential disruption to the operation of the PRN system should be kept minimal and the costs to producers should be kept as low as possible. This means that we do not support the point of issue of metal PRNs being changed, at least in the short term. We will shortly be submitting our position paper to the Government, a draft of which is attached.
This issue is unlikely to directly affect the majority of Valpak's scheme members, as if any change occurs it will mainly impact reprocessors and compliance schemes. However, if you handle metal packaging waste currently, or raise PRNs on any scrap you handle, you may be affected and want to have your say.
Should you wish to input into the debate please submit your thoughts in writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download a copy of Valpak's draft position paper.
Download a copy of Valpak's consultation response.
The Environment Agency released plans to improve enforcement of environmental legislation such as the Packaging Waste Regulations, which includes plans for fixed penalty fines and routes to declare any previous non-compliance, rather than face criminal prosecution.
Defra have released plans this month to extend the definition of Biodegradable Municipal Waste to include some commercial and industrial wastes, such as packaging waste. These materials will now be included within the diversion targets set by the EU and potentially within the LATS regime too.
Directive 2005/32/EC establishes a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-using products.
This directive defines the principles, conditions and criteria for setting environmental requirements for energy-using appliances but has not previously set mandatory requirements for specific products until now. Specific implementing measures will soon apply following consultation. The first of these affects refrigerating appliances, televisions and electric motors and variable speed drives. Defra are consulting on draft guidance which relates to the specific provisions relating to the eco-design of these products. Please note that some of these eco-efficient design criteria enter into force very shortly!
The European Commission have released two working documents which will form the basis of possible regulation with regard to the labelling of energy using products. These documents include the format of the label and could be adopted in the autumn.
The first of these looks at refrigerators.
Valpak will shortly release a draft response paper on both of these documents.
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