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Retail Packaging

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government plan to take to reduce the use of packaging by retailers. (202797)

European Packaging Regulations are designed to reduce the amount of packaging used by retailers. But slow progress led to a voluntary agreement between Government and retailers, called the Courtauld Commitment, facilitated by the Waste and Resource Action Programme. This agreement aims this year to halt packaging growth and to make absolute reductions in packaging by 2010.