BBPA calls for flexibility within PRN scheme

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Fundamentally flawed: BBPA calls on DEFRA for flexibility within PRN scheme (Credit: Getty/ Jacobs Stock Photography Ltd)
Fundamentally flawed: BBPA calls on DEFRA for flexibility within PRN scheme (Credit: Getty/ Jacobs Stock Photography Ltd)

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The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called for greater flexibility and transparency within the Packaging Waste Recycling Note (PRN) scheme to reduce volatility in the market and welcomed many of the proposed measures to help achieve this.

This comes as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has spent the past two months (21 March – 21 May) seeking views on the current PRN system, for which the BBPA fed insights into.

BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin said: “The PRN scheme has so far played an important role in helping to achieve UK recycling targets but it remains fundamentally flawed. 

Reduce volatility 

“It is vital improvements are made to its operation to reduce volatility and increase transparency.  

“For example, extending the compliance period for the trading of PRNs and introducing a compliance fee for those unable to secure sufficient PRNs are both required, as is more regular and robust reporting by reprocessors.” 

A PRN is documented proof that packaging material has been recovered or recycled by an accredited recycling company, for which both brewers and pub companies have responsibilities, with the BBPA having founded a not-for-profit waste compliance scheme for its members, SUSTAIN.

The BBPA has raised concerns with Government previously on the functioning of the PRN market, which last year resulted in a huge spike in glass PRN prices, at an already extremely challenging time for the sector.    

Making improvements 

Furthermore, the association also stated the scheme needs to ensure there is no double-payment under the forthcoming deposit return system. 

McClarkin added: “It is crucial with the introduction of a deposit return scheme producers do not also have additional obligations for those same materials under the PRN regime.

“As DEFRA continue to examine the scheme and make improvements, we look forward to working closely with them to ensure it is one that works for pubs and brewers.” 

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