THE TIMES ‘THUNDERER’ COLUMN FPA RESPONDS
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Dominic Hogg (Thunderer 30 May) quite rightly highlights why exporting packaging waste to oversees countries without strict due diligence is wrong. However, he is equally wrong to claim this appalling scenario is the only outcome of producer responsibility with regards to packaging. The UK desperately requires better recycling facilities and the packaging industry has wholly embraced both its responsibility and the spirit of the government consultations, which are sparingly referenced by Mr Hogg, but have been well reported by your excellent environment correspondent Ben Webster. Business is very willing to work with all four UK governments to achieve the funding needed to achieve the required infrastructure, with easier to recycling packaging paying less than packaging which is harder to do so, while encouraging a market for recycled materials which is needed to ensure the economics of the system works. The packaging industry, through the desire to work with government and through its own voluntary programmes, is firmly dedicated to increasing the collection and recycling of packaging. In a few years time our industry will be faced with a huge bill for the proposed Extended Producer Responsibility system and this must be allowed to work before making a decision on the potentially complex Deposit Return System for beverage containers proposed by Mr Hogg, who perhaps could have declared an interest in having conducted research for the UK governments on deposit systems.
Foodservice Packaging Association