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Packaging Regulations

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations were introduced in Great Britain in 1997 and in Northern Ireland in 1999. The regulations require producers that have a turnover above £2 million and supply or import over 50 tonnes of packaging to recover and recycle packaging waste in proportion to the amount of material they handle.


The regulations derived from an EU directive (94/62/EC) on packaging waste, which imposes requirements on all member states to institute measures for increasing the volume of packaging waste recovered from the waste stream and diverted from Landfill.


Businesses that are obligated must register annually with an appropriate regulatory Agency (Environment Agency) for England and Wales, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. In addition, every year they must:-


  • Submit a detailed compliance plan for government approval where the producer has a turnover of above £5m and handles over 500 tonnes of packaging

  • Supply accurate data about their packaging usage

  • Accurately calculate their recovery and recycling obligation

  • Acquire PRN evidence of recovery and recycling for each type of packaging material handled to discharge their obligation

  • Submit an end of year compliance certificate to the regulatory agency


An error or omission in any part of this complex process could mean the obligated business committing a criminal offence.


An obligated business has two choices: it can either register directly with an appropriate regulatory agency and commit valuable time and resources to discharge it own legal requirement or ……




Wastepack will meet these complex requirements on your behalf. And as a government approved Compliance Scheme, Wastepack takes over the legal obligations of its members and provides exemption from prosecution for non Compliance

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