UK Government to amend the overall glass waste target from 81% to 75%

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In der Glashütte (Foto: Kroll/Recyclingportal)

London — The WRAP/Valpak GlassFlow report from October 2013 produced a new estimate of glass packaging waste arisings based on a thorough and detailed analysis of the glass market. The paper indicates that the glass waste arisings figures (the so called ‘flow’ figure) that UK Government used to calculate the achievement of the EU Packaging Directive target, and set the statutory business targets for 2013-2017, is some 350k tonnes too high. The report also indicates that there is likely to be no incremental growth in the industry over the same period: at best it is flat.

On 17 December 2013, the Government published a consultation which invited views on proposals by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland, to amend the glass recycling business target in the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste Amendment Regulations 2012) and the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste Amendment Regulations Northern Ireland 2013). As a result of the revised glass flow data the consultation included proposals to reduce the UKs glass packaging recycling business target.

The lately closed consultation shows that 49 per cent of responses stated the option „Lower the glass packaging recycling business targets to 75 per cent and maintain the split between remelt and other applications at the same percentages“ as their preference with a further 23 per cent supporting the option „Lower the glass packaging recycling business target to 75 per cent and amend the split between remelt and other applications“. The other options had a much lower level of support.

The Government remains committed to achieving our European targets in a way which is environmentally sound, efficient for business, and for the wider economy. Current UK domestic targets deliver a 68 per cent recycling rate against the 60 per cent EU target for glass packaging recycling. According to defra, the government  will be amending these domestic targets to better reflect more up to date industry data thereby achieving the EU glass packaging recycling target more accurately.

Government are amending the overall target for 2014 from 81 per cent for obligated businesses to 75 per cent and then increasing incrementally to 76 per cent in 2015 and 77 per cent in 2016 onwards, with an associated incremental increase in the remelt/aggregate split – to 65 per cent in 2014, 66 per cent in 2015 and 67 per cent in 2016. These increases reflect Government’s continuing ambition on increasing recycling and promoting a more resource efficient economy. As the consultation paper underlines, the targets reflect new and better evidence of both the total levels of glass packaging being placed on the market/available for recycling, and the proportion available for remelt.

„Consultation on changes to the glass packaging recycling business target to 2017. Summary of response and government response“ can be downloaded from gov.uk.

Sorce: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (defra)