The Position Papers below outline the position of British Glass on various pieces of existing and proposed legislation and issues that affect its members.
EU Emissions Trading Scheme
In the absence of an effective international agreement, distribute a maximum of free allocation through challenging and realistic benchmarks and instigate a closed loop, carbon credit feedback system that rewards the use and manufacture of carbon saving products.
British Glass recognises that product losses due to theft have been estimated by retailers to be 2% of sales value and that therefore there is a need to address this issue.
Council's common position on the UK implementation of the IPPC Directive under the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Act 1999.
Heavy Metal Limits
British Glass recognises the need to remove heavy metals from the workplace wherever this is possible in order to facilitate health or environmental improvements.
It is the opinion of British Glass that the current non-time-limited derogation provides the most appropriate solution to the requirements of the regulations covering heavy metals with respect to glass containers.
Colour Separated Collection
Our concern is that moving to mixed collection will:
. be significantly less beneficial to the environment, and
. in the long-term restrict the growth of glass recycling.
British Glass fully supports all efforts to introduce Kerbside Collection into the UK.
Climate Change Levy
Council's common position on the climate change levy and the negotiated agreements.
Technical Hygiene Standards
British Glass is committed to the development of the highest possible standards of hygiene throughout the glass industry.
Council's common position on the Government's aggregates tax.
Destruction of Pathogens During Glass Melting
British Glass has obtained the following advice from the UK Food Standards Agency concerning the absence of any risk from 'pathogens' as relating to the raw materials used in the manufacture of glass containers.
"The time temperature regime in glass production is easily sufficient to destroy food pathogens. As a comparison, the last treatment process developed to destroy Clostridium Botulinmum spores during 'canning' is 1210C for three minutes or equivalent."
Future of Climate Change Agreements in light of EUETS
British Glass proposes the following positions on the future of the UK Climate Change Agreements, particularly in the light of the existence of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.