Retail Trade: Packaging

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd April 2018.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to support the reduction of excess packaging when purchasing products online.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations already place a legal obligation on UK businesses that make or use packaging to ensure that a proportion of the packaging they place on the market is recovered and recycled. This creates an incentive for all companies to minimise their packaging as this will reduce their costs in complying with the Regulations.

However, we have committed to exploring changes to the packaging producer responsibility scheme. This will look at all aspects of the regime, including mechanisms to incentivise better design for packaging and minimise its use.

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