The UK government is re-forming the committee that advises it on regulations implementing recovery and recycling targets set by the EC Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste.
A new Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) will comprise one representative from each of the four main sectors of the packaging chain: raw material manufacturers, converters, packer/fillers and sellers.
There will also be a representative from the reprocessing industry, and one from each of four compliance schemes.
Officials from DEFRA, DTI, the Environment Agency, SEPA, the Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly will attend meetings that will decide the outcome of such initiatives.In recent months the UK government has come under criticism for dragging its feet with regards the implementation of recycling initiatives to comply with EU rulings that came into force at the end of last year. EU officials claim that certain sectors of UK industry, including food and beverage packaging, are not complying with recycling quotas.
DEFRA is calling for applicants to join the committee, with a deadline of 1 July. The application pack can be found at the DEFRA website.