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Understanding how packaging regulations apply to the timber trade

Packaging is an important component for the safe transport of products, including timber, yet it is also a major contributor to waste production in the UK.To tackle this problem, and incentivise better, more efficient use of packaging, including reuse and recycling, the UK Government has introduced some major legislative changes.Timber Development UK, to help members get to grips with these changes, commissioned Valpak to do a deep dive into what this means for the timber supply chain.Some of the key insights included in the report are:

  • Under the proposed Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations, more businesses will be captured and they will face greater cost, as compared with the current regime.
  • Businesses with a turnover equal to, or greater than, £1million, and handling packaging of 25 tonnes or more, must complete bi-annual reporting.
  • The government predicts that under this new regime the overall financial costs for producers will rise from £230 million to £1.7 billion, as it seeks to recover 100% of recycling packaging costs (up from 7%).
  • The new Plastic Packaging Tax, which came into force on 1 April 2022, means producers or importers of plastic packaging that contains less than 30% recycled plastic will be taxed an additional £200 per tonne.
  • This tax applies to all business importing or manufacturing 10 tonnes or more of finished plastic packaging components within a 12-month period.
  • Businesses that import or manufacture less than 10 of taxable packaging over a 12-month period must keep detailed records to prove to HMRC they do not quality for the tax.
  • Businesses can mitigate costs from these changes by making use of easily recycled packaging, recovering packaging waste themselves, of through reusable packaging.

Readers of the report will gain insight into how they may be able to mitigate the impact of the change in regulations on their businesses, as well as the timeline for change.The full report, ‘The current and prospective packaging waste regulations: As they apply to the timber tradeis free for download from the Timber Trade Federation website.

Timber Development UK News

New Timber Decking Handbook!A new Timber Decking Handbook is now available free to all builders’ merchants, specifiers, landscapers and builders.The Handbook was developed by Timber Development UK and the Timber Decking & Cladding Association.

Could you win a Wood Award?

The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in wood. For more than 50 years the Awards has recognised, encouraged and promoted outstanding wood design, craftsmanship and installation, and the call for entries for the 2022 competition is now open. Could you be a winner? Entries close on 1 July.

A little knowledge goes a long wayTimber Development UK offers a wide range of training guides, courses and advice for merchants looking to maximise their timber sales.CEO David Hopkins outlines just some of the help and support you can access.

World Earth Day 2022This year’s World Environment Day – “Only One Earth” –  was on Sunday 5 June, with the focus on “Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature”.“Only One Earth” was the slogan for the 1972 Stockholm Conference – now fifty years on, and this is more necessary than ever – this earth is our only home and actions must be implemented and strengthened.

FLEGT Licensed Indonesian Timber Products in the UKTimber Development took part in a roundtable discussion on FLEGT-licensed Indonesian timber products in the UK on the 29 March 2022 with the Indonesian Ambassador to the UK, Ireland and International Maritime Organisation, a small group of UK industry representatives, Indonesian trade associations and Indonesian Ministries.

Coniferous Plywood Quota

UK Importers have access to a duty-free quota of 167,352m³ of coniferous plywood to be imported into the UK and Northern Ireland, after which 6% duty will be applied. Amount remaining: 15,115m³Percentage remaining: 9.03%

Wood Awards | Pocket House

Pocket House’s limited footprint resulted in a design solution in which half the house is located underground. A large lightwell is cut into the corner of the plan to allow light into the basement. The bedrooms are placed below ground and orientated around a sunken courtyard. A timber pod, placed in the darkest corner of this floor, contains the family bathroom.The pod’s thick walls create spaces for desks and storage. The kitchen and dining areas are located at ground level and are separated from the house’s entrance by another timber pod containing a toilet, coat cupboard and kitchen storage. An open-plan living space sits on the first-floor, with street views concealed behind a timber screen.

Read more on Pocket House, a Wood Awards 2019 Highly Commended entrant.

UKTR Bootcamp – The practical side of due diligence

Join us for an online workshop for UK Operators to understand and implement UKTR diligence in practice.At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Know how to start due diligence and complete due diligence summary reports.
  • Know what information to obtain and assess for timber products from a low-risk country/product with certification.
  • Calibrate existing due diligence practice/procedures.
  • Access to free tools and resources to help with risk assessment and mitigation.

Sign up for both events here

Webinar Series | designTimber

Learn directly from the architects and multidisciplinary teams behind four incredible projects, as selected from winners of the Wood Awards 2021, in a new online series.13 July – Wooden Annex14 September – Built Pavilion

View the full designTimber collection here 

Catch up | designTimber

Magdalene College Library 

Hear from the architects and engineers as they go into detail on the design and process behind the Magdalene College Library.

Watch on YouTube here

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