A Snapshot - February 2019
A Quick Roundup of Industry News During February
Awaited 'Extended Producer Responsibility' and 'Deposit Return Scheme' Consultations Launched
On Monday 18th February the Welsh Government launched two consultations that will focus on making packaging producers fund in a far greater way the cost of dealing with waste.
Led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) the “Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging” and “Deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers” consultations have been set up to ensure the whole supply chain are involved together to drive up the recycling of packaging. Consultation Link
Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn has urged people in Wales to contribute to two UK wide consultations on measures to reduce plastic waste. Read Her Statement Here
New Measures to Help Tackle Waste Crime Come into Force
New fixed penalties to help prevent household waste being illegally dumped have passed in the Assembly and came into affect across Wales on 20th February.
Circular Economy Mapping Tool for Wales
Commissioned by WRAP Cymru, Anthesis has developed a user-friendly Circular Economy Mapping Tool for Wales – a useful resource for those operating within the Welsh bioeconomy; particularly food and drink producers and processors.
Preparation for Brexit
Defra has published guidance outlining what UK waste importers and exporters must do to prepare for changes to rules around waste shipments if the UK leaves the EU with no deal on 29 March 2019.
And Finally...Success as Recycle Link Wales Hosts its First Event
On Thursday 7th February Recycle Link Wales held its formal launch as part of a breakfast brief networking event held at Dow Corning’s nature centre in Barry. The event generated a high level of interest from across the waste sector. Representatives from NRW, Welsh Government, CWIM Cymru, WRAP, Local Government, manufacturing sector organisations and waste companies were all in attendance.