Reward businesses for reducing packaging, think tank says

Manufacturers should be rewarded for designing less wasteful packaging, using recycled materials and encouraging customers to recycle, the Green Alliance has said.

Local authorities in England spend around £300m a year dealing with waste packaging, but have no control over how products are designed or packaged, or how residents use recycling services, the alliance said. 

The think tank has added its voice to calls by local authorities and the waste industry for more responsibility for recycling to fall on producers to relieve the burden on councils. Government data revealed that the overall recycling rate in England fell for the first time in 2015, having risen steadily since 2001.

The alliance looked at how the system could be improved on behalf of the Circular Economy Task Force, the business group it convenes, drawing on examples of waste systems ...

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