UK: 2016 Budget confirms lower packaging recycling targets

23 March 2016

On March 16, the Government of the United Kingdom published its 2016 budget, which includes some waste and recycling financial elements. According to the budget, the recycling target plastic packaging for 2016, previously set at 52%, is being reduced to 49%. Then it will increase 2% per year through 2020. The 2016 and 2017 glass packaging targets remain at 77%, then increase 1% annually to 2020.
In regard to landfill taxes, the 2016 budget states, “The standard and lower rates of Landfill Tax will increase in line with RPI, rounded to the nearest 5 pence, from 1 April 2017 and again from 1 April 2018” (Recycling Laws International, 18 March 2016).
Click here for the 2016 budget.
With NVC MERGE (Members-only Environmental Regulations Guide) you can stay up-to-date with the environmental requirements for your packaging. MERGE is exclusively for NVC members and there are no costs involved.
Click here for more information about the NVC Inspiration meeting on the effectiveness of the Dutch policy on packaging and the environment (September 7th 2016).
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