The government is considering new legislation that would see more pubs forced to recycle their packaging by 2006.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural affairs (DEFRA) has launched a consultation with a view to extending its packaging regulations to include pubs with a turnover of £1m per annum.
Under the current system pubs with a turnover of more than £2m a year (£38,462 per week) or that produce 50 tonnes of packaging a year are obliged to recycle 60 per cent of their recoverable waste.
If the new proposals become law more pub companies and licensees would have to prove to the government they have recycled their empty glass beer bottles, crisp bags, to even catering packaging. The consultation was launched last week after the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) found that tenanted pubs generate 300,000 tonnes of glass waste each year, but were not bound by the packaging regulations.
A spokeswoman from the British Beer & Pub Association said: "BBPA will be considering the implications of these proposals in further detail, in due course."
Read the consultation paper at www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/packaging-reg05/index.htmThe deadline for comments is June 22.