Manufacturers to Pick Up UK Recycling Costs

 The UK Government has announced that manufacturers will have to pay for their own recycling costs. This is an attempt to cut down waste going to the landfill. UK councils currently pay 90% of the recycling bill, however Environment Secretary Michael Gove wants to change this. If these government plans are approved, product manufacturers will have to think more about investing in sustainable packaging.

 The UK Government has announced that manufacturers will have to pay for their own recycling costs. This is an attempt to cut down waste going to the landfill. UK councils currently pay 90% of the recycling bill, however Environment Secretary Michael Gove wants to change this. If these government plans are approved, product manufacturers will have to think more about investing in sustainable packaging.

The plans also mean that the industry will have to pay higher fees if products are harder to reuse or recycle. Defra (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs) hope this will encourage sustainable design in manufacturing. The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) payments are to generate between £500m and £1bn a year.

Simplified Recycling System
The new waste policy also aims to make recycling much simpler, to create a consistent approach to recycling across the country. This includes a consistent set of recyclable materials for collection. This will be funded by the EPR.

What is in the Resources and Waste Strategy?
With this new strategy in place, the government will:

  • Make sure waste producers pay full net costs for disposal or recycling of packaging they put onto the market.
  • Review responsibility schemes for items that can be hard to recycle or cost more to do so. This includes batteries, vehicles and electrical goods. This will be considered for expanding to fishing items, textiles, tyres and materials in construction and demolition. Mattresses, furniture and carpets will also be looked at.
  • Bring in a set of recyclable materials consistently from households and businesses. Labelling will also be consistent, to inform consumers of what they can recycle.
  • Ensure all food waste is collected weekly - restoring services that some local governments lost. This will be subject to consultation, which will also consult on free garden waste collections, so greenhouse gas emissions from landfills can be reduced.
  • Unveil a deposit return scheme to encourage the recycling of single-use drinks containers. This will include bottles, cans and other disposable cups.
  • Consider introducing mandatory guarantees and extended warranties on products. This will encourage manufacturers to design longer lasting products that can be repaired or reused.
  • Food Businesses will have to send annual reports of surplus food and waste. Should progress be seen as insufficient, mandatory targets could be introduced to prevent food waste.
  • Monitor illegal movements of waste at home and abroad electronically, and introduce tougher punishments. Rogue waste crime operators will face heavier sanctions if waste is mislabeled to dodge tax rules.
     
When introducing these new plans, Michael Gove said: “We really need to shift the dial on recycling, and our strategy will help make that happen. We’ll make sure producers pay more in order to use the materials that go into generating this waste.

In the foreword of the official document outlining his plans, Gove wrote: “We know there is an urgent need for new thinking to tackle avoidable waste, particularly plastic.

“An estimated eight million tonnes of plastic waste enter the sea each year. Devastating evidence of the damage to wildlife and habitats has been shown in programmes such as Blue Planet II on the BBC.

The plans have been welcomed by environmental campaigners, as they felt government intervention was needed to reduce waste. However, they are concerned that the plans - which require consultation - will not enter UK law until 2023.

How can your business reduce waste? 
With the costs likely incoming, it is time to work out how your business can reduce waste in 2019. By reducing your use of packaging (or finding reusable packaging) and cutting out your plastic usage, waste can be reduced.

With the government’s intention to charge manufacturers the full amount for waste disposal and recycling, you can make a big contribution to the circle economy by purchasing recycling machines. This will allow for materials you use on-site to be recycled for use elsewhere. Machinery such as Metal Shredders, Cable Stripping Machines and Engine Crushers are available to help with waste minimisation. Bronneberg’s belief in recycling extends to our machines, as we also offer used recycling equipment to help reduce waste.

For information on the best recycling machinery in the UK, get in touch with us today.

Manufacturers to Pick Up UK Recycling Costs