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Volume 227: debated on Monday 28 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to encourage a nationwide system for used packaging to be taken back by industry for reprocessing.

The Government take the view that companies involved in placing packaging on the market should take a share of the responsibility for dealing with it after it has served its original purpose. We have therefore been conducting intensive discussions with a range of industries on how they might contribute to improved recycling rates. We are still considering how best to achieve this.