Government proposals to exclude composite packaging from the data used to calculate aluminium packaging recycling obligations

Composite packaging

May 2012

In December 2011, Defra initiated a consultation on new packaging recycling targets for 2012-2017 (see news article). Defra proposed that composite packaging containing aluminium should no longer be counted towards the overall waste arising figure for aluminium. It is difficult to extract the aluminium from composite packaging (such as Tetra Pak and tubes of toothpaste). Defra’s suggestion is intended to make the aluminium recycling targets more achievable and will bring the UK in line with the rest of other EU Member State Packaging Regulations.

However, some industry stakeholders have warned that the proposal could encourage more composite packaging to be used and remove incentive to recycle it.

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