The packaging waste recycling targets for 2021 and 2022 have been announced by Defra.
Overall, the targets broadly agreed in 2018 have remained consistent, with paper, wood and aluminum unchanged from the proposed targets.
The materials with the largest changes are Recovery, Glass and Plastic. Defra confirmed “there is no longer a target for recovery of packaging waste and so no recovery obligation for 2021 and 2022”, as outlined in the proposals in the consultation and the EU Directive on packaging and packaging waste. This means there will be no accreditation for recovery operators for 2021 and 2022.
Materials with changes include:
Changes from the provisional measures include a reduction in glass targets from 84% in 2021 and 87% in 2022 to 81% and 82% respectively.
Glass remelt has seen a 3% drop for this year and 6% fall in 2021 to 81% and 82% respectively.
Confirmed plastic targets are now 59% and 61% in 2021 and 2022 respectively, cut from a proposed 61% in 2021 and 65%.
Steel has been adjusted from a proposed 88% in 2021 and 90% in 2022 to 86% and 88%.
The largest change is in the wood targets, which have fallen from 48% to 35%, however this is a result of bringing targets in line with EU levels.