DEFRA has published on 28 July its consultation on the draft regulations governing the implementation of EPR which you can see here.
There are potentially interesting developments in these for the compostable packaging industry and a task force of BBIA members is working to draft responses to DEFRA. For example, Article 8.—(1) In these Regulations, ‘household packaging waste’ means packaging waste which is household waste, but does not include—
(a) including any waste for which a collection charge may be made by a relevant authority under section 45 of the 1990 Act or Article 20 of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, any waste from a place of worship, any ground litter or any binned packaging waste,
or (b) any packaging waste which is discarded together with food waste in a receptacle for food waste where the food waste in that receptacle is collected separately from other household waste by the relevant authority collecting that waste.
Does this mean that compostable packaging collected with food waste is exempt from these regulations? We are trying to understand.
Meanwhile, the EA has weighed in with guidance on the reporting actions packaging users must comply with. See more here.