FPA comment on the government’s response to the Defra and HMT Consultations

FPA comment on the government’s response to the Defra and HMT Consultations

Executive Director Martin Kersh says:

“The publication of the government’s response to the Resources and Waste consultations released yesterday lacks substance in part with many areas subject to further review, we hope the reports were not rushed out in the name of political expediency.  The FPA is concerned that under the Producer Responsibility report there is no clear statement that the packaging industry will not be paying the non-packaging element of litter or for the illegal practice of fly tipping but only the reference to further review.

We are dismayed that there is also no clear statement that all businesses placing packaging on the market will be included both EPR and plastics tax proposals with de minimus removed altogether.  Surely achieving environmental improvement applies to all irrespective of size?  Unless de minimus is removed, larger businesses will be paying more as funding 100% of net waste management costs means they fund the obligation of smaller businesses.  In foodservice smaller, independent businesses collectively account for as much packaging as the high street brands.  If the plastics tax is meant to encourage greater recycled content, then surely the desire for this applies to all businesses irrespective of size.

We are however pleased that HMT has recognised the absurdity of excluding imported filled packaging from the tax.  A policy which would have driven filling and packaging overseas.  The Consistency consultation report has avoided addressing compostable packaging despite a number of respondents having made reference to them. All in all, a missed opportunity.”