Producer Responsibility and you: Great News!

Many companies have an obligation to recycle under the regulations.

Related Link: Reused box exemptions

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 place an obligation on certain businesses to recover and recycle specified tonnages of packaging waste each year.

The amount each business has to recover is determined by the amount of packaging the business handles, the business recovery and recycling targets for the year and the activity the business carries out on packaging.

Organisations are obligated under the producer responsibility regulations if they meet both of the following two threshold tests i.e. that they handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging a year and they have a turnover in excess of £2 million per annum.

Many companies join a compliance scheme and pay a fee to register with the correct environmental regulator and get assistance with waste packaging recovery and recycling obligations. The result is a hefty annual charge based on the calculations.

We all know about the benefits of diverting waste to reuse for "producers" but there are also benefits for "users" of material from a reuse source, especially for buyers of packaging.

The Producer Responsibility Obligations suggest that for buyers of used boxes (packaging), there in no obligation to recycle so in principle there is no levy to pay on tonnages of used packaging purchased.

The "user" benefits from cheaper packaging from a reuse source and a reduced obligation under the Producer Responsibility Obligations.

A copy of the regulations can be accessed by following the link above. Refer to section 4.2.b (i) and (iv) for details of the exemption.