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Recycling: Plastics

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department is making in its efforts to meet plastics recycling targets.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The plastics recycling targets are part of a producer responsibility regime and it is a matter for industry to meet them.

Representatives from across the plastics supply chain, facilitated by the Waste and Resources Action Programme, are developing a Plastics Industry Action Plan to ensure the necessary actions are taken forward to deliver the plastic packaging recycling targets by 2017.

DEFRA is planning to introduce new regulations before the end of the year which will require material recovery facilities to measure the quality of the input and output of the materials including plastics. This will help improve the way the recyclate market operates by increasing transparency.

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