Executive Director Martin Kersh comments:

“Recent media coverage (including The Sunday Times 2.12 and The Sun 3.12) appears to suggest a 15p ’tax’ on sandwich packs will be a feature of Defra’s soon to be launched Resource and Waste Strategy. This indicates two different approaches to packaging are being taken by the Government. The Treasury wishes to create behaviour change in its soon to be consulted plastics tax. The Chancellor announced the tax would come into effect in April 2022 and that specific packaging will not be targeted.

“Defra by contrast appears to be disregarding this approach as well as the proposals for a reformed PRN system made by businesses, which will address the issues of increasing recycling and increasing recycled content.  Will Defra’s proposals for Extended Producer Responsibility guarantee all the funds raised be used for collection, sortation and recycling of packaging? What are the guarantees the money will be used in this way and will businesses providing this funding be given a say as to how the money is used? Sandwiches appear to be one of a number of items that will be additionally charged. Given this packaging will be included in EPR we need to understand how the additional revenue is to be used. In the case of the figures given in the press coverage, sandwich packs alone will produce revenue in excess of £500 million. Is this money to be used constructively or is Defra’s aim to reduce consumption and tax the working public?

“On the go waste management is urgently needed and the Government needs a holistic approach to the issue rather than as we are seeing with straws and now sandwich packs, taking a piecemeal approach. We hope the Resource and Waste Strategy will provide joined up thinking and that the press rumours are misplaced.”

Ends                                                                                                                    DECEMBER 2018

Issued on behalf of the Foodservice Packaging Association by Leapfrog PR. Editorial contact is Felicity@Leapfrogpr.com or call 01242 282000 or mobile 07887 608353