WEEE Complience

Benefits of joining a compliance scheme

SCHEME FACTSHEET:
The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 (as amended)
(SI 2007 No. 871)
The European Directive on Packaging & Packaging Waste (94/62/EC) was introduced to prevent
packaging waste ending up in landfill. In the UK this is implemented through The Producer
Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 (as amended). The aim of the
regulations is to promote the reduction, re-use, recycling and recovery of packaging by the producers
of packaging.
The regulations apply to every company in the UK with a turnover in excess of £2 million and who
handled more than 50 tonnes of packaging or packaging materials in the previous calendar year. The
Regulations work on a Shared Producer Responsibility principle – everyone involved in the
manufacture and use of packaging are held accountable for the amount of packaging they handle.
Handling packaging means carrying out one of the activities detailed below, each activity has a
different percentage responsibility:
 6% – Raw material manufacture – producing raw materials for packaging manufacturing
 9% – Conversion – converting raw materials into packaging
 37% – Packing/filling – putting goods in packaging or putting packaging around goods
 48% – Selling – supplying packaged goods to the end user
 Importing – importing packaged goods or packaging materials from outside the UK. This has
a rolled up obligation and depends on the stage of the chain at which the packaging is brought
into the UK.
A producer’s recovery and recycling obligations are based on the following:
 The amount of packaging and packaging material handled in the previous year
 The activity carried out on this packaging or packaging material
 The recycling and recovery targets for each specific material, which are set by the
government each year. The current material percentage targets are as follows