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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.