A message from Paul Vanston, INCPEN CEO
Dear INCPEN members and Trade Associations Group colleagues,
As we await the Government’s plans for the country for May and beyond,
we’ve already heard there are impacts on the consultation and
legislative timetable for the UK-wide Plastics Packaging Tax albeit that
the April 2022 start date remains in place. More widely, officials in
the UK Government and in the devolved administrations are discussing
impacts on other key legislative areas including Extended Producer
Responsibility (EPR), consistency of recycling collections, and the
deposit return scheme (DRS). Issue are likely to include: -
- Reviewing timetables and plans for consultations, legislation and implementation;
- Considering options for the current Packaging Recovery Notes (PRN) system to ensure 2020 impacts from Covid19 are managed;
- Also looking at general improvements to the PRN system for the remaining time it has prior to being replaced by EPR in 2023; and
what PRN materials recycling targets should apply for 2021 and 2022,
and when the Statutory Instrument to make those legal should be laid in
Parliament. (Q2 PRN data will be available in July 2020, which may
be influential in how officials and Ministers go forward).
between industry and officials in all four parts of the UK are ongoing –
but at least the discussions are happening given everything happening
Of course, as important as these legislative issues are to us, there’s
no doubt they are eclipsed by the current impacts on the health, social
and economic aspects for all of us. There is much talk of a ‘new
normal’ for how we live our lives. Alas, we can expect the impacts of
Covid19 will be a long drawn out affair, and social distancing seems set
to stay for some while. That will affect our lives at home, work,
socially and culturally. Attempting to configure our lives (and our
businesses) to the ‘new normal’ may be much easier to say than to do.
In the meantime, I’m grateful each day for the care and fellow feeling we show for each other and the people around us.
My best wishes, and stay well,
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Cyprus: New Waste Management Strategy includes plans for DRS - 16 April 2020
The planned strategy follows a review of the country’s waste policy in 2018/9.
According to the Minister of Agriculture, the new Waste Management
Strategy* will improve the country’s waste regime in five areas:
New legislation is to include:-
Municipal support measures will include the formulation
of MSW reduction plans and programs to reduce the generation of MSW
with financing though EU Structural Funds.
- regulations on the separate collection of MSW which will introduce 'pay-as-you-throw' pricing (Jun-19 study): Draft expected Apr-20;
- legislation introducing a DRS: It is reportedly near finalisation and expected to be submitted to Parliament by Nov-20;
- legislation transposing the EU CEP: Expected Jun-20;
- re-issuing of operating licenses for the existing PROs.
Infrastructure improvement projects to efficiently
implement the new policies will include the expansion and improvement of
the green point network (scheduled 2020-2022), the creation of waste
transfer stations (scheduled 2020-2022), as well as the renovation of
the Koshi and Pentakomo waste management facilities and the waste
disposal sites in the Vati, Kotsiatis, Paphos, Larnaca and Famagusta
areas (scheduled 2020-2021);
Public awareness measures through strengthened
cooperation with the Ministry of Education and various private sector
companies (in a CSR context);
Improved administrative management through staff
restructuring and additions within the Ministry and the development of a
new information and management system to monitor policy implementation.
* a draft is not publicly available
Croatia: Draft Waste Management Act, transposing EU CEP and SUP Directive in preparation - 1 April 2020
With regard to EPR, the draft Act – still under development –
proposes i.a. the establishment of a new producer register that is to be
managed by the MOE rather than the Environmental Protection and Energy
Efficiency Fund (EPEEF).
In late Mar-20, a Ministry of Environment working group developing the
upcoming Waste Management Act released a preliminary draft version of
the Act for a closed informal stakeholder commenting period. The
main objective of the Draft Act is to transpose the EU Circular Economy
Package (CEP) and SUP Directive.
With regards to the EPR, the draft Act proposes to:-
The existing Decrees on specific waste categories (i.e. packaging, WEEE
and batteries) will have to be revised to incorporate the changes in the
- maintain the central role of the EPEEF in organising waste management but have the MoE operate a new ‘Register of EPR Producers’ (RPPO)
[Presently producers report to the EPEEF managed ‘Register of special
waste categories’ and payment of fees to the EPEEF is presently the only
compliance option available for EEE, batteries and packaging].
- enable the operation of producer responsibility organisations (PROs) whose activities qualify for exemptions from the EPPEF fees [Note:
PROs are already described in the current Law but none are approved. A
PRO approval requires a government decision, followed by a tripartite
agreement between the PROs, the Ministry and the EPEEF];
- remove the option for individual compliance from the Act;
- obligate packers and fillers of beverage containers subject to the mandatory deposit-refund system (DRS) to pay the deposit on all bottles POM to the EPEEF.
The Draft Act also proposes to transpose many provisions of the EU SUP Directive
– notably the prohibitions on SUP products and the collection targets
for plastic beverage bottles incl. their lids (77% by 2025 and 90% by
2029). It does not contain the recycled content targets of the
In addition, the Draft Act proposes to prohibit lightweight plastic
carrier bags (<50 μm). Their free distribution is already prohibited
by Amendment 2685/2017 to the Packaging Ordinance.
- Jenrick to ask councils to reopen HWRCs in coming weeks; Robert
Jenrick, the Secretary for Housing, Communities and Local Government,
has said that local authorities will be asked to “plan the organised
opening” of Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in the coming
weeks. Speaking in the House of Commons on 28 April, Jenrick
stated: “Today I can announce that I am asking councils to plan the
organised opening of household waste collection sites. I expect this to
happen over the coming weeks, and I will be publishing amended guidance
- Packaging Innovations | 30 under 30; Packaging
Innovations is searching for the packaging industry’s 30 most dynamic
and influential professionals under the age of 30 in a new initiative.
Celebrating the next generation of the industry, the initiative
encourages professionals to self-nominate if they are under 30, or
nominate eligible colleagues if they believe they have contributed
significantly to the sector.
- What does Covid-19 mean for food, farming and nature; This
post is by Tom Lancaster, head of land, seas and climate at the RSPB,
and Ellie Brodie, head of land management at The Wildlife Trusts, on
behalf of Greener UK and Wildlife and Countryside Link, in consultation
with Sustain and the Soil Association.
- FPA: Plastics tax consultation delay is ‘common sense’; The
Plastic Packaging Tax is among ten consultations and calls for evidence
that have been delayed. The extension will give all stakeholders, who
are facing disruption due to Covid-19, more time to submit their views
and allow them to fully engage with these documents and contribute to
the tax policy making process.
- Award-winning microplastics pioneer elected as Fellow of the Royal Society; The
fellowship is the latest personal accolade for Professor Richard
Thompson, who was made an OBE for services to marine science in 2018.
- Sustainable footwear brand Allbirds release their first running shoe with a carbon rating; Made
from ‘renewable natural material’, the shoe emits 9kg of carbon dioxide
per pair through its production, manufacturing and recyclability at the
end of it’s life. This is 30% less than the average running shoe.
- RECOUP includes film in updated recyclability guidance; Recycling
charity, RECOUP has released its updated Recyclability by Design
publication to include guidelines for recyclability of plastic film.
- Covid-19 highlights issue of bread packaging; Environmental
impact is unlikely to be the first thought in some consumers’ minds but
the tape sealing expert said shoppers rushing to stockpile household
essentials have led to a significant increase in the amount of fresh
food thrown away as consumers over-buy, with bread one of the main items
going to waste.
- 8 ways to make your food work harder; At
times like these its important that we reduce our food waste and make
the most of what we have. To help, we've put together these eight tips
for making your food work harder during these uncertain times, and
- Sales of no- and low-abv beer continue to rise even in lockdown; Figures
published by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) suggest that
under lockdown sales of no- and low-alcohol beer have grown by 14.8%
(Nielsen Scantrack, four weeks to 21 April 2020)
- Helen Dickinson: Retail is stronger together in war on coronavirus; Our
high streets are full of retailers who have been forced to completely
shut down or restrict themselves to online only. Some brands are on the
brink of collapse, with hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk – from
shopfloor staff and marketing departments to farmers and factory workers
further down the supply chain.
- Industry launches new guidelines on including recycled content in packaging; Prepared
through a close collaboration between the BPF, CTPA and FDF, the
document provides answers to questions about measuring recycled content
and highlights important regulatory and technical considerations. The
guidance is aimed at companies wishing to include recycled content in
food, drink, cosmetics and pharmaceutical packaging; it is also designed
to help policymakers better understand the sector-specific issues.
- Landlords hit back at accusations of aggressive tactics as tenants fail to make rent payments; “Everyone
is trying to survive. And we have shown compassion to those struggling .
. . They need to recognise that we are trying to survive too,” said
Asif Aziz, the founder of West End property company Criterion Capital,
which has come under fire after threatening a number of tenants on its
£3bn estate with legal action.
& USDAW have produced guidance to support the reopening of
non-essential stores so..."that retail businesses can start trading
again slowly and safely, and customers can feel confident that they are
safe to return to shops.”; As we start to prepare for the
re-opening of stores it is likely that some virus control restrictions
will continue to be necessary to limit transmission. BRC has worked with
USDAW to agree practical recommendations for businesses to
- BFFF have made their weekly webinar update recordings available online. Click here to access the resource; Their next #webinar update is scheduled for Wednesday 20th May 2020.
- Aluminium packaging recycling volumes continue to increase; According
to recent data released by the UK’s Environment Agency (22 April),
35,232 tonnes of aluminium packaging were collected for recycling in Q1
2020 – an increase of 48% compared to the same period in 2019 (23,800
tonnes). Aluminium packaging collected through kerbside, bring and
on-the-go systems increased by 33% (24,323 in 2020, compared to 18,265
in 2019), while tonnage recovered from incinerator bottom ash leapt by
97% (10,909 in 2020, compared to 5,535 in 2019).
- ‘Huge blow’ to pubs and brewers as Government fails to defer £750 million Beer Duty payment during COVID-19; Decision
will put brewers under even greater financial strain risking their
ability to resupply pubs for reopening after COVID-19 crisis.
- New measures to protect UK high street from aggressive rent collection and closure; High
street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from
aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the
- B&Q reopens stores closed amid lockdown; After a trial at 14 stores at the weekend, 61 outlets reopened on Wednesday and another 80 on Thursday.
- For better or for worse: the delicate relationship between people and the wildlife around them; In
the past, coronaviruses that circulated in humans caused only mild
infections. This changed in 2002, when the SARS-CoV virus presented
itself in humans as the disease we now know as SARS. In 2020,
SARS-CoV-2–a relative of the same virus–has presented itself in humans
in the disease we now call COVID-19. Bernard Bett leads research on
neglected and emerging infectious diseases at the International
Livestock Research Institute as part of the research portfolio under the
Improving Human Health flagship. His studies of zoonoses–diseases
that are transmissible between animals and humans–informed the UNEP
Frontiers 2016 Report and drew attention to the issue that now concerns
just about everyone. In this interview, Bett discusses the delicate
relationship between humans, wildlife and the pathogens that circulate
updated guidance offers help across the supply chain for those
businesses with surplus food and organisations who redistribute surplus
food. In every case, we want to look #BeyondBestBefore; WRAP
guidance aims to increase the amount redistributed by ensuring that all
food is considered for redistribution by businesses, even if beyond the
- Prolonged social distancing will bring huge difficulties for the Pub Sector; British
Beer & Pub Association responds to Professor Chris Whitty’s
comments that social distancing will be needed until at least the end of
- Amcor readies for online grocery boom with sustainability focus; New
Amcor research has forecast European online grocery market to grow by
66% by 2023, with consumers focussed on sustainability.
- Aquapak sends infection control bags to the NHS free of charge; Aquapak
has donated thousands of water-soluble infection control laundry bags
to the NHS to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
- BBPA reveals the local authorities letting pubs down; The
British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has uncovered many parts of
the country where pub businesses are still to receive covid-19 grants
from the local authorities. Venues in Birmingham, Manchester and
Brighton are among the worst hit.
- Opinion: Achieving public health equity — start with sanitation and hygiene for all; There
have been pandemics before: SARS in 2003, H1N1 in 2009, Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome in 2012, Zika in 2016 and, perhaps most terrifying
of all, Ebola in 2014, which made world headlines and touched many
through the accounts of first responders. In each instance, sanitation
and hygiene — or the lack thereof — played a key role. And in each of
these outbreaks, it was the poorest and most vulnerable communities who
were the most heavily impacted.
week’s episode of Inside the Factory on BBC2 saw Gregg Wallace visit
the Heinz factory which produces two million tins of soup a day; He
followed the production of vegetable soup, from a pea harvest in
Yorkshire right through to the finished soup going into cans and being
- How incinerator bottom ash contributes to a circular economy; How
returning aluminium packaging from an EfW by-product to the value chain
helps cycle our materials in sustainable ways.
- High Street giants fearful over early exit from Covid-19 lockdown; A
slew of British retailers and hospitality businesses on Tuesday warned
the Government not to push too soon to reopen the economy for fear of
causing greater long-term damage to their businesses and the economy.
- FWD and Cabinet Office link to create online food platform for care homes; The
Federation of Wholesale Distributors has teamed up with the Cabinet
Office to create a new online platform for care homes to source food
- Brits turn to corner shops during lockdown; Nearly
a quarter of Brits have used corner shops more frequently since the
start of the coronavirus lockdown – the biggest increase for any type of
store – according to a survey from pollsters YouGov.
- Tinned peaches, tahini, sardines: recipes to make the most of your store cupboard; If
any of those are lingering in the back of your cupboards, turn them
into tasty meals with the help of Jack Monroe, Andi Oliver and other
- Explainer: how disinfectants tackle Covid-19; The
spread of Covid-19 has spurred a surge in demand for disinfectants to
keep our hands and surfaces clean. But what do we know about how
disinfectants actually deactivate Covid-19, and how should we be using
- Rebecca Pow praises ‘vital’ waste sector; Recycling
and resources minister Rebecca Pow has written a letter addressed “to
those working in the waste sector” thanking them for continuing to
deliver a “vital service”.
- Recycling Technologies announces site for first European plastic chemical recycling machine; Recycling
Technologies and Brightlands Chemelot Campus have signed an agreement
for a new plastic chemical recycling machine. Brightlands Chemelot
Campus, a research and technological growth hub, is located close to the
main petrochemical hub in Europe from Antwerp and Rotterdam to the
Rhine and Meuse accounting for 40% of Europe’s chemical industry,
employing over 320,000 people.
- Kemsley paper mill duo rally to support local NHS staff sewing urgently needed scrubs; Calls for PPE support during the Covid-19 pandemic answered by local individuals via Facebook.
- DS Smith donates 10,000 bedside tables to IFEMA field hospital; Under
the slogan #WeStopThisVirusTogether, workers at DS Smith's plant in
Madrid have looked to play their part by manufacturing cardboard
- To protect our own populations and economies from Covid-19, the world must work together; The
world is in shock. Covid-19 respects no borders. Other global crises
exist, such as climate change, but this pandemic poses a more immediate
threat to our health and lives. As the virus spreads across the
globe, its dire development, economic and humanitarian consequences are
increasingly apparent. Experiences from other infectious diseases such
as HIV and Ebola show that underlying societal problems – notably
inequality, poverty and conflict – make the situation worse.
- Viridor to showcase plans for new Dunbar facility; Waste
management company Viridor is to virtually share its plans to build a
polymers reprocessing plant in Dunbar, Scotland.
- Black plastic packaging use falls in the UK, says RECOUP; Its
Black Plastic Packaging Forum report estimates that the amount of black
packaging used in the UK fell from 36,000 tonnes to 10,000 tonnes going
into 2020. It added that black plastic now accounts for 0.7% of
consumer plastic packaging placed on the UK market each year.
- Defra delays disposable plastic items ban; The
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced
that it will delay the ban on plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers
until October 2020 due to the potential problems the ban would entail
for businesses during the pandemic.
- DS Smith adopts infrared technology to catch ‘rogue’ plastic in recycling; Last
year DS Smith’s Kemsley paper mill – the largest recycled paper mill in
the UK – measured enough plastic contamination in paper and cardboard
materials bound for recycling to fill up to 4.8 million black bin bags.
The importance of collection streams and tackling the issues of plastic
contamination at source, have been revealed by the new data provided.
Paper and card are more likely to be contaminated by plastics when it
comes from mixed recycling collections – where materials such as glass,
cans, paper and plastics are collected together – as opposed to
- Kite Packaging designs protective face visor for the NHS; Kite
Packaging has taken just a week to devise, design and supply a new
protective face visor for the NHS – with 10,000 units dispatched within
- This episode of 'You're Dead To Me' looks at the amazing story behind chocolate; Greg
Jenner is joined by chocolate historian Alex Hutchinson and British TV
legend Richard Osman to explore the culinary and cultural history of
Britain's favourite confectionery. Just what did the Maya use to flavour
their cacao? How did cacao become chocolate and find its way into our
shops and hearts? And why did a family feud change the entire branding
of a much loved chocolate bar?