UK government reveals changes planned for PRN system


After analysing the results of the consultation conducted this spring, Defra has set out its plans for a reform of the PRN system.

At the end of October, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published a summary of replies received during a recent consultation the on the Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) and Packaging Export Recovery Note reform and laid out the policy course it intended to take in light of the responses. The consultation took place between 26 March and 21 May 2022 and was designed to solicit views on several technical and administrative changes to PRN system as well as to address problems identified in the current system, e.g. PRN price volatility, a lack of transparency, and the potential for fraudulent issuing of PRNs and PERNs (the analogue to the PRN for exports). The consultation was published alongside the government response to the 2021 consultation on introducing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging, which outlined the Government's plans to continue with the PRN/PERN system until at least 2026 to 2027....

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