Published: 08 February 2023  (Updated: 09 February 2023)

CTPA Position Paper on Take-back Schemes for Small Cosmetic Product Packaging

CTPA has been working with its members and other stakeholders to maximise the collection of otherwise unrecycled small cosmetic packaging through the provision of Take-back Schemes.  See here for further background information.

CTPA strongly believes that all items of packaging for cosmetic products placed on the market must be ultimately recyclable, either via kerbside collections or through the provision of Take-back Schemes.

While the ultimate aim of CTPA is the harmonisation of schemes, amalgamation of waste and its meaningful reprocessing, these goals are intrinsically linked with the UK Government’s plans for Extended Producer Responsibility, key aspects of which are currently undetermined.

CTPA has published a Position Paper commiting to work with companies to maximise collection through Take-Back Schemes that are already in place and encourage other schemes to be set up.

In addition, working with the Recycle Now team at WRAP, CTPA will aim to increase the number of cosmetics brands that are listed on the Recycling Locator tool and highlighting Take-back Schemes to their consumers, so encouraging this form of recycling for currently unrecycled cosmetic packaging.

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