Packaging Waste

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 came into force on March 16th 2007. The 2007 Packaging Regulations consolidated the original 1997 Regulations with all of the subsequent amending Statutory Instruments and also incorporated the changes made to the Regulations in 2007.

All businesses in the UK having a turnover of more than £2 million and handling more than 50 tonnes packaging per year must comply with the regulations or face being liable for prosecution by the Environment Agency.

Compliance imposes three specific requirements on companies passing the two thresholds:

  • a. They must register, pay a fee and supply data
  • b. They must take steps to recover and recycle that which is assessed to be obligated tonnage and provide evidence (see PACKAGING WASTEGuidance Notes 03 below)
  • c. They must officially certify that they have complied

Under the packaging waste regulations, an obligated company may decide to join a compliance scheme that will take on its legal responsibilities. Alternatively, an obligated company may decide to organise its compliance individually by dealing directly with the regulatory agency on its own behalf.

Such a company must:

  • Register with the regulatory authority as a producer of packaging and state the extent of its obligation
  • Discharge the obligation by obtaining the relevant number and type of Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) complete and send a certificate of compliance to the regulatory authority
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