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CIWM disappointed by expectation that reforms to EPR packaging system will be delayed

CIWM has expressed disappointment at the expectation that reforms to the EPR packaging system will not be phased in during 2023. 

Whilst CIWM understands that various waste and resource stakeholders felt the initial timetable Defra consulted on last year was ambitious, there was also a desire and willingness to see the system reforms implemented quickly.

The announcement gives little clarity and, with no indication of when the system will now be implemented, it leaves many in limbo. CIWM believes there will be knock-on effects on the procurement of services and recognises that the lack of clarity makes planning future services and operations incredibly difficult. There will also be a delay in funding from producers for the costs of managing packaging waste starting to flow and pump priming new collection schemes.

Commenting on the delay, Lee Marshall, CIWM’s Policy and External Affairs Director, said: “In some respects, the delay is not a big surprise, but many will still find it frustrating. It does call into question the decision last summer to shorten the consultation period from the normal 12 weeks, and the delay in getting information back out suggests there was time for fuller consultations. 

“Defra must provide clarity as soon as possible as so many are awaiting the design of the new system, as well as the much-needed funding payments for packaging waste. There remains a lot of work to do on business waste and litter payments, not to mention the appointment and mobilisation of the Scheme Administrator. CIWM will work with Defra to ensure that, as a sector, we can move forward on these reforms as quickly as possible.”

CIWM is also concerned about the potential implications on the consistent collections reforms and the impact they will have on the waste services market. 

Local authorities have extended contracts or delayed procurement on the back of the EPR, and consistent collections reforms and delays are likely to impact the ability of local authorities and the wider market to undertake procurement with certainty. The impact on other markets, such as collection vehicles and general processing and treatment infrastructure, will also need to be assessed in light of this latest announcement.

CIWM continues to represent its members and the industry view on various working groups associated with the reforms on EPR, as well as DRS and consistent collections in England, and believes that these, and further waste policy reforms, will play an important role in moving to a world beyond waste. 


Notes to editors:

1. CIWM: CIWM is the leading professional body for the resource and waste management sector representing around 5,500 individuals in the UK, Ireland and overseas. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non-profit making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues. More information can be found at


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