Packaging Consultations & Responses

Packaging Consultations 

The Government has recently published consultations on Packaging System Reform, Plastics Packaging Tax, Consistent Collections and Deposit Return Schemes. Visit our Packaging Reform web page for further details on how to respond to these consultations.

Consultations provide stakeholders with the opportunity to engage, input and shape policy decisions at an early stages of policy-making. They often present several options (may or may not offer a preferred option) on which feedback is requested.


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Four consultations on Packaging System Reform

Status: Awaiting Government response

Packaging Reform

Scottish Government consultation on Deposit Return Scheme

Updated 8 October 2019

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Scottish Government has recently published draft legislation under the super affirmative procedure to implement a Deposit Return System for drinks containers. A consultation is being held for 91 days to allow stakeholders to put forward any comments or responses to the draft legislation. The deadline for responses is 10 December 2019. Valpak has produced a member summary document of the consultation, which can be found here.

In September 2017, it was confirmed that Scotland would implement a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for beverage containers. The Scottish Government released the consultation A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland in June 2018 and requested stakeholder feedback on how the scheme should be implemented.

Valpak produced a response to the consultation, which can be found here and a supplementary evidence document, which can be found here.  

Our response references further data analysis, which was completed by Valpak's Consulting Team. This information has been published and is available on the Valpak website here.

Scottish Government has now confirmed the scope of the Scottish DRS, which will include glass, metal and PET beverage containers. The deposit will be set at 20p.

Bio-based, Biodegradable and Compostable Plastics – Call for evidence

Added: 6 August 2019

A joint Defra and BEIS call for evidence has been published, requesting stakeholders to provide information on standards and environmental impacts of bio-based, biodegradable and compostable plastics. We have produced a member summary document which can be accessed here.

Treasury call for evidence on single-use plastic tax

Updated September 2018

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HM Treasury released a call for evidence to investigate how taxes or other economic incentives could be used to reduce single-use plastic waste. Valpak will be responding to the consultation and welcome comments from our members. We have produced a summary of the call for evidence which can be found here

It is important that whatever moves are taken compliment, and dovetail with, possible changes to the Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging, which the Government is reviewing, and any deposit return system proposals. It would also be important that any funds raised through taxes or charges were then ring-fenced to be invested in increasing recycling in the UK.

In Budget 2018 Government confirmed that a consultation would be held on the proposal for a tax on produced or imported plastic packaging that did not contain a minimum 30% recycled content. It is proposed this would come into effect in April 2022. HM Treasury has produced a policy brief, which can be found here. The consultation has now been published and forms part of the Packaging System Reform consultations above.

Commission Consults on Single-Use Plastic Directive

Added 20 June 2018

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The European Union has agreed a range of policy initiatives, including bans, for certain single use plastic items. The new Directive (EU) 2019/904 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment will need to be transposed by Member States by 3 July 2021, but certain policy initiatives have different transposition deadlines. Valpak has produced a member summary document which can be found here.

Defra Call for Evidence on Economic and Voluntary Incentives for Drinks Packaging

Added 10 October 2017

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Defra launched the Call for Evidence with the aim of gathering evidence from relevant stakeholders to investigate ways to reduce littering and increase recycling of beverage containers. The deadline for responses was 30 October 2017.

In March 2018 Defra confirmed there would be a Deposit Return Scheme in England, subject to consultation. Further details will be published in a consultation. We will update this page when the consultation details are published.

Valpak’s member summary document can be found here and full details of the Call for Evidence can be found here

Update: Government has now published proposals for Packaging System Reform and Deposit Return Scheme. Further details can be found on our Packaging Reform page.

Defra publishes Packaging Regulations Review

Added 11 July 2017

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Defra has published “The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007: post implementation review 2017”, which aimed to assess the effectiveness of the Packaging Waste Regulations in meeting their objectives.

The overall recommendation is to keep The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007. The full review can be found here and Valpak produced a member summary document, which can be found here

Update: Government has now published proposals for Packaging System Reform. Further details can be found on our Packaging Reform page.

Defra Packaging Targets Consultation

Updated 10 January 2017

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The Government has released a consultation which provides options for material-specific business targets (paper, aluminium, steel and wood) and overall recovery and recycling targets from 2018 – 2020. The current targets are due to expire at the end of 2017 and the confirmed targets are available here.

Full details of the consultation can be found here and a link to Valpak's summary document can be found here.

Valpak's final response to the consultation can be found here