There are far more seasoned professionals than I still to comment, but it does seem like we are on the cusp of some significant changes in the UK resources industry. As I write this, many LARAC members and countless others will be pondering over the intricacies of the English government’s interlocked consultations on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) proposals and the Consistency in Household and Business Recycling Collections. There’s incremental change and instrumental change, and this looks set to herald the latter.
There’s just over two weeks left to get your responses in for the EPR and DRS consultations and so I hope you are finding the LARAC draft responses useful. With the launch of Defra's Consistency Consultation on 7 May (affecting England only), we also have a noticeably short window of opportunity to consider all three policies together. This is not ideal, and we have written to Defra to ask for an extension to all three consultations so they may be considered more fully and in accordance with their own consultation guidance which recommends 12 weeks.
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