Ecosurety warns UK packaging producers of EU fees disparity


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European countries are implementing differentiated fees based on eco-design and recyclability criteria which could result in higher payments for British packaging producers with compliance obligations outside the UK, according to the resource efficiency specialist.

With Brexit looming, Ecosurety has called for UK business and government to be a part of any discussions on design parameters to avoid facing fragmented compliance requirements for exported products in the years to come.

Norway and Germany have proposed legislation that would see producers paying more if they place complex packaging onto their local market.

France already charges producers more for harder-to-recycle packaging and Italy is looking to trial fee changes next year.

Differentiated fees could force UK producers to pay more for recycling if they do not improve the recyclability of their packaging aimed at European Union (EU) markets.