Mark Whitehead 02 June 2023

Retailers criticise ‘extended producer responsibility’ scheme

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A plan to make food manufacturers pay councils for the collection and recycling of packaging waste is facing opposition from retailers and manufacturers.

Industry bosses are reported to have used Downing Street crisis talks on soaring food prices to lobby the Government to delay its ‘extended producer responsibility’ scheme due to come into effect next year.

They argue it would drive up shopping bills further amid the cost of living crisis, saying it will cost at least £1.7bn a year, with most of the cost would be passed on to consumers through higher prices.

Under the plans food producers and retailers selling own-brand products will have to report packaging waste data and pay the full cost of packaging waste disposal.

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