Scottish packaging recovery note feasibility study

Is packing recovery feasible within Scotland?

This work was commissioned to consider different options to help improve recycling and reduce littering of packaging in Scotland. A feasibility study on a Scottish packaging recovery note system (SPRN), suggesting a potential design, and considering a number of different options for implementation and their costs and benefit was carried out by Valpak Consulting.

Proposed Scottish Packaging Recovery Note

The proposed Scottish PRN model was developed through a series of stakeholder workshops.  In order to address some of the criticisms of the current UK system, and provide an audit trail to ensure that the material has been collected in Scotland, the SPRN model differs from the current UK PRN system in the following areas:

  • An evidence point at the collection.  Collectors would be required to provide evidence to compliance schemes on the quality and quantity of the packaging material they have collected.  In return for the production of this evidence they would receive a share of the overall SPRN value.
  • The introduction of a compliance SPRN which would ensure that no compliance scheme or direct registrant can fail due lack of collection of packaging material.
  • A litter fee that is based on the unobligated packaging placed on the market.

The proposed model also allows for amendments to include targets to reduce the environmental impact and individual polymer targets.

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