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This document focuses on national packaging waste management policies, and some opportunities for improvement that international benchmarking offers to the UK. It joins together the policies that affect the two basic sides of the life of packaging waste: packaging generation by industries, and its final destiny as decided by households.
After an introduction showing the importance of waste prevention over the rest of the possible strategies to reduce waste (section 1), and a discussion about the convenience of recycling (section 2), two benchmarks are presented, under the domestic and the industrial perspectives respectively.
For each of the perspectives, both the UK’s and an alternative scheme are widely introduced (sections 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2), and the latter comparisons between them (sections 3.3, 4.3) arrive to the conclusion that the alternative benchmarks can help the UK reach a higher level of waste prevention.
The benchmark of pay-as-you-throw schemes refers a domestic perspective of the waste problem. It shows that a better performance is achievable though its adoption, although attention must be paid to British people’s idiosyncrasy. From the business side, the German Packaging
Ordinance implies a higher degree of compliance with the extended producer responsibility than UK’s Producer Responsibility Obligations.