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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The consultation is open for response. Stakeholders are able to provide their feedback. Please see the consultation page for more details on how to send your feedback.

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The consultation has closed for feedback and policy or regulatory decisions have been made and implemented.

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Packaging Waste Regulations ‘EPR’ Reform

Status: Consultation on updated proposals closes 4 June 2021

Scope: UK-wide

Proposed start date: Phased implementation from January 2023


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Producers’ to become financially responsible for funding the net costs associated with dealing with packaging waste’.

Rest of UK Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)

Status: Consultation on updated proposals closes 4 June 2021

Scope: England, Wales & Northern Ireland

Proposed start date: Late 2024


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Small ‘deposit’ added to drinks cans/bottles upon purchase, redeemable upon return of container, promoting recycling.

Consistent Collections Framework

Status: Consultation on updated proposals closes 4 July 2021

Scope: England

Proposed start date: 2024


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All local authorities to collect at least the same basic set of recyclable materials from households and businesses.

Scotland Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)

Status: Confirmed in legislation May 2020

Scope: Scotland

Proposed start date: July 2022 (under review by Scottish Government)


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20p ‘deposit’ added to drinks cans/bottles upon purchase, redeemable upon consumers returning containers, promoting recycling.

Plastic Packaging Tax

Status: Draft legislation published November 2020

Scope: UK-wide

Proposed start date: April 2022


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£200 per tonne tax on plastic packaging produced or imported that does not contain at least 30% recycled content.