In response to industry input, the government is considering a ‘narrow expansion’ of offsetting provisions. This proposed adjustment aims to support producers engaged in closed-loop systems, allowing them to exclude relevant materials from household collection fee obligations. This move would align with the environmental objectives of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
The proposed amendments would impact the draft regulations, enabling producers to offset some of their household disposal fees obligations under specific circumstances. For instance, when the material isn’t collected by more than 75% of local authorities or when packaging items are designed for reuse or refilling.
To gather comprehensive insights, Defra invites businesses and stakeholders to participate in a survey aimed at understanding how closed-loop recycling can be accommodated within the EPR framework.