The recently-published report from the government's Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) makes for interesting reading. And for once you'll be able to wade through a document from Westminster that won't threaten your blood pressure.
Put simply, the ACP Annual Report 2012 is chock full of common sense – the result of some careful research, plenty of listening and… wait for it… coherent thinking. No, really… it's true I tell you!
ACP chairman Bob Lisney has done a splendid job and it looks as though there's a good chance that politicians will listen. Not convinced? Then take a look at this comment from a spokesman at Defra.
“We want to see a higher quality of packaging recyclates and the Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) system is one way of achieving this. We are currently looking at ways of improving the running of the PRN system as part of a review of the operation of the Producer Responsibility Regulations.”
Well, I'm impressed…
The ACP report also highlights the importance of local authorities in waste collection and sorting and quite sensibly points out that way we handle waste plastic film needs further investigation before any final recommendation is made.
In fact, having read the document from cover to cover I couldn't recommend it enough. The way it's implemented will, of course, be the most important thing but on the evidence so far I'm quietly confident that we're about to get what we need.
You can read more here.