National Audit Office to review government oversight of Packaging Recovery Note scheme

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The EAC say there is a lack of transparency over how recovery note revenue is spent and a lack of incentives for eco-design

The National Audit Office has announced it will launch a review of the government's oversight of the Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) scheme.

Calls have come from the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), which raised concerns that the system is 'opaque' and could be subject to fraud and non-compliance.

In recent enquiries, the EAC argued that there is a lack of transparency over how recovery note revenue is spent and a lack of incentives for eco-design.

There are also concerns about how exported waste is treated once it arrives in destination countries.

Mary Creagh, EAC chair, said: “Packaging Recovery Notes are intended to make companies do their bit for recycling, but there is significant concern that PRNs are distorting the market in favour of exports rather than reprocessing in the UK.

"The NAO review will give my Committee an insight into the effectiveness of the PRN system, enabling us to assess whether the government is taking the right action to ensure high levels of recycling in the UK.”


This material is protected by MA Business Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Comments
Name
 
Email
 
Comments
 

Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.