A quick guide to Packaging Waste Regulations

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It’s that time of year again to think about reporting your packaging waste.

If your company produces or uses packaging or sells packaged products, you might be legally required to report your packaging usage under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations*.

The regulations were first introduced in 1997 and aim at controlling the amount of packaging waste produced by UK businesses and its impact on the environment.

Who needs to report their packaging waste?

Any company (or a group of companies) that handles 50 tonnes or more of packaging or packaging materials in a calendar year and has a turnover of over £2 million based on last year’s accounts.

What do I need to do next?

If you are obliged to report your packaging waste, you must register as a packaging producer (or be registered with your environmental regulator) by 7th April each year. You will have to show you meet your recovery and recycling obligations and obtain evidence of compliance.

You will then have to submit your certificate of compliance by 31st January the following year.

How Macfarlane Packaging can help?

If you bought packaging from us in 2017, our sales teams can supply you with a packaging report for those products electronically or you can request a hard copy if you prefer. The information is broken down by purchase month, material composition and weight.

Customer Connect customers are able to run their own reports, allowing them to track usage, weight and composition of all packaging products purchased from us at the click of a mouse.

To obtain your waste packaging report, or to find out more about Customer Connect, get in touch: https://macfarlanepackaging.com/contact/

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*Packaging waste: producer responsibilities: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/packaging-producer-responsibilities