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Recycling obligations to rise for 2021

Packaging specialists have welcomed the publication of recycling obligation figures for 2021 on the National Packaging Waste Database.

Recycling obligations to rise for 2021

Packaging specialists have welcomed the publication of recycling obligation figures for 2021 on the National Packaging Waste Database, with the initial total obligation set at 7,405,899 tonnes. 

Currently, this is down from the 7,616,936 tonnes in 2020, though these obligations could still change moving forwards. The ‘obligation’ tonnage relates to the amount of PRNs – packaging waste recovery notes – that will be needed in 2021 and works in line with packaging recycling targets. 

Defra published the packaging waste recycling targets for businesses for 2021 and 2022 in November 2020. It also confirmed then that there would be no recovery or energy from waste targets, meaning that from this year recovery evidence is not needed. 

Legislation places a PRN purchasing obligation on companies with turnovers of more than £2 million which handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging a year. These companies are referred to as ‘producers’. 

The reported obligation is only an indicator of the final 2021 demand as many companies have yet to appear on the register. It is expected that the total demand will increase during the year as late registrants appear. 

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