Packaging Data Suggests 2019 Targets Met

The latest provisional monthly packaging data published by the Environment Agency has suggested that all materials have met the 2019 packaging targets.

The monthly data was published on 10 January and gives an insight into supply figures for December, showing the overall figures from 01 January 2019 – 10 January 2020.

However, unlike the official quarterly figures, submitting monthly data is optional and therefore subject to change.

However, initial reaction from the figures has been positive, with all material data so far pointing to a successful compliance period, with all targets being comfortable met.

Earlier in the year, there had been concerns that plastic and aluminium could both miss their respective targets following a shortfall in the first quarter of the year (see letsrecycle.com story).

The news was greeted with optimism from some in the industry, who have said that the figures highlight that the current PRN system is working.In a statement given to letsrecycle.com, Paul Van Danzig, policy director at the Wastepack Group, said the figures show that despite the “turbulent markets” last year, it is pleasing to see the targets are likely to be met.

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