Defra are consulting on proposals for all waste collection authorities to:
- collect the same core set of dry recyclable materials from households
- have separate weekly food waste collections from households
Other measures they're consulting on:
whether waste collection authorities should provide a free garden waste collection service for households with gardens
how to achieve greater separation of dry materials in collections, especially paper and glass to improve the quality of dry recyclables collected from households
whether statutory guidance on minimum service standards for waste and recycling services should be introduced
how to develop non-binding performance indicators to support local authorities to deliver high quality and quantity in recycling and waste management
- how to support joint working between local authorities on waste; alternatives to weight-based targets; and having standardised bin colours for waste and recycling.
Defra are consulting on proposals to improve recycling from businesses and other organisations that produce municipal waste:
all affected businesses and organisations to segregate dry recyclable materials from residual waste so that these can be collected for recycling
all affected businesses and organisations to separate their food waste to be collected and recycled or composted
measures to reduce costs of waste collection for businesses and organisations
measures to improve the availability of data and information on business waste and
The proposals they are consulting on in this document are highlighted below:
- The definition of full net cost recovery and approaches to recovering full net costs from producers
- Incentives to encourage producers to design and use packaging that can be recycled
- The businesses that would be obligated under a packaging extended producer responsibility system
- Producer funding is used to pay local authorities for the collection and management of household packaging waste and to support the collection for recycling of household-like packaging arising in the commercial waste
- Mandatory labelling on all packaging to indicate if it is recyclable or not
- New packaging waste recycling targets for 2025 and 2030, and interim targets for 2021 and 2022
- Alternative models for the organisation and governance of a future packaging extended producer responsibility system
- Measures to strengthen compliance monitoring and enforcement including for packaging waste that is exported for recycling.
Please send any comments on this to Emily.
This consultation seeks views on proposals to introduce a DRS for drinks containers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, whilst recognising that any DRS should form part of a coherent system across the UK.
A DRS would see a deposit added to the price of drinks in in-scope drinks containers at the point of purchase, which would be redeemed when consumers return their empty drinks containers to designated return points. This consultation proposes that the materials included in a DRS could be PET and HDPE plastic bottles, steel and aluminium cans, and glass bottles. They are proposing that a broad range of drinks, including water, soft drinks, juices, alcohol, and milk-containing drinks, where they are sold in containers made of these materials, could be included in a DRS.
They are considering two options in the consultation. The 'all-in' model, would not place any restrictions on the size of drinks containers in-scope of a DRS. This would target a large amount of drinks beverages placed on the market. The second option, known as the 'on-the-go' model, would restrict the drinks containers in-scope to those less than 750ml in size and sold in single format containers.