The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has responded to Queen Elizabeth II’s recent speech by saying that though the government has acknowledged the crucial need for a transition period that would give businesses time to prepare for life outside of the European Union (EU), this will require the swift negotiation of a Brexit deal to avoid a no-deal scenario.
The speech was prepared by the government and delivered in the House of Lords.
A no-deal Brexit would “result in higher prices and less availability on the shelves”, BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said in a statement.
“We welcome the government’s commitment to sustainability, and support efforts towards a circular, zero-waste economy in the UK. We were particularly encouraged by measures to improve the consistency of recycling schemes in England, however, it is essential that such measures are rolled out across the whole of the UK,” he said.
BRC said retailers have been leading the charge to reduce unnecessary plastic in their stores and to boost recycling rates through clear on-pack recycling labels and they know they have a responsibility to contribute more directly towards the costs of recycling and recovering packaging through a reformed Extended Producer Responsibility scheme.
“Once these changes are in place, the government should assess how a DRS can be used to plug any remaining gaps without disrupting the ability of consumers to recycle in the home,” Dickinson added.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)