Time is running out for the Packaging Waste Fund. As our world aims for a circular economy, they have failed to meet their collection target for plastic bottles. The Inspectorate for Environment and Transport (ILT) has now stepped in, demanding swift and effective action. But can the Packaging Waste Fund deliver?
On September 8th, the ILT voiced its concerns when it found out that the Packaging Waste Fund fell significantly short, collecting only 68% compared to the mandated 90%. They called for a comprehensive improvement plan. On October 2nd, the Packaging Waste Fund presented their plan. However, much to their dismay, the ILT observed an excessive emphasis on changing consumer behavior and not enough on the actual expansion of collection points and including more types of bottles in the deposit system.
The ILT has sent a clear message: They expect tangible actions and definitive measures. By December 1st, 2023, a detailed improvement plan must be in place, featuring visible and measurable initiatives. It's imperative that this plan outlines the number of new collection points being established, especially outside supermarkets, and how many more bottles will be included in the deposit system.
Should the Packaging Waste Fund fail to align with these expectations after this deadline, the ILT won't hesitate to enforce compliance. The message is lucid: Actions need to be taken to minimize plastic use and promote the reuse of materials.