If your organisation uses packaging or sells packaged goods, you may be classed as an Obligated Packaging Producer. The Environmental agency have put in place legal guidelines to help monitor waste with a review to reducing reduce its impact on the environment and enforce a duty of care that all businesses must follow. These legal requirements came into place in 2005 with a number of accompanying guidelines to help towards acheiving best practice across the country and across businesess. One retailer was fined more than £50,000 for being in breach of these regulations so penalties can be severe.
The main aims are to
reduce the amount of packaging produced in the first place
reduce how much packaging waste goes to landfill
increase the amount of packaging waste that’s recycled and recovered
Every year a packaging producer must register by 7th April and meet their recovery, reduction and recycling obligations and provide evidence by submitting a Certificate Of Compliance by 31st January the following year. If you registered before last April 2016 – you have a few short weeks to submit your certificate.
Am I an Obligated Packaging Producer?
‘Packaging’ is any material used to hold, protect, handle, deliver and present goods. This includes packaging for raw materials right through to finished goods to be sold or being sold. For example, pallets, boxes, bags, tape for wrapping, rolls, tubes and clothes hangers sold as part of the clothing item.
You’re an ‘obligated’ packaging producer if you, or a group of companies you’re part of handled 50 tonnes of packaging materials or packaging in the previous calendar year. And you have a turnover of more than £2 million a year (based on the last financial year’s accounts).
If your business provides licences to other businesses such as franchises or pub leases, any packaging they handle may contribute towards the 50 tonne threshold for your business.
We’re here to help
At Acopia, we work with many of our clients to provide Packaging Recovery Notes (PRN’s) by supplying an itemised statement of their annual packaging consumption.This helps hugley when it comes to submitting the required Certificate of Compliance.
If you have any questions about your PRN obligation, you can speak to the team at Acopia and we will give you all the advice you need.