Plans to harmonise the UK’s producer responsibility regimes for packaging, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and batteries were released yesterday in a bid to reduce the regulatory burden placed on businesses.The proposals are a part of the government’s plan to cut red tape and bring the producer compliance regimes more closely in line with each other . The proposals have been issued for consultation in a discussion paper produced jointly by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Irish Assembly.In the discussion paper, the government sets out 21 areas where it believes that a greater degree of coherence could be achieved across the regimes and has given stakeholders until May 31 to submit views on the changes.
The consultation can be accessed here:Producer_Responsibility_Discussion_Paper_17_04_13[1]