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Helping Businesses Identify International Producer Responsibility

by Valpak Limited | Jun 27, 2012
A number of countries across the globe have implemented various pieces of environmental legislation, including producer responsibility laws for packaging waste, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and waste batteries. If a business exports or has an operation or a presence overseas it could be affected by these laws.

Free Seminars Help Businesses to Identify if They Are Affected by International Producer Responsibility Legislation

A number of countries across the globe have implemented various pieces of environmental legislation, including producer responsibility laws for packaging waste, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and waste batteries. If a business exports or has an operation or a presence overseas it could be affected by these laws.

Many businesses are not aware, for example, that they could potentially have packaging compliance obligations in France, that they’re affected by plastic carrier bag levies in Hong Kong or that they are required to comply with the WEEE Regulations in The Netherlands. The list is huge!

If your business is affected, you will need to register with the relevant scheme and authority and submit data within set time frames. You may also be required to comply with other environmental legislation.

If your business fails to meet overseas legal obligations it could face penalties of varying severity. Non-compliance is costly and could damage your business’s reputation.

Duncan Simpson, Valpak Director of Sales & Marketing, said:

“Many UK based manufacturers and retailers, both large and small, are looking to expand their business operations overseas, and are looking into export markets. At the same time, consumers are increasingly becoming global buyers as they are using the internet to purchase goods. Consequently, more businesses are finding that their products are arriving and ultimately ending their lives overseas.

Most businesses are aware of the UK regulations that are in place which cover waste, the movement of waste and producer responsibility for packaging, waste electronics and batteries. However, some businesses may not know that similar legislation exists in many other countries. Therefore, it is important that businesses that export or have a presence in other countries should find out what regulations exist, if they are affected and if so what they need to do to ensure that they’re compliant overseas.”

Making sure that your business is compliant with overseas environmental laws can be time consuming and complex. If you think that your business may have obligations why not attend one of Valpak’s free International Compliance Seminars to find out more about what you need to do? You can book your place online at: www.valpak.co.uk/InternationalComplianceSeminars

Valpak can help you to comply with all environmental legislation and can provide a tailored service to meet your business’s specific requirements. You can outsource all of your UK and overseas WEEE, batteries and packaging compliance obligations by signing up to Valpak’s International Compliance Service today! Call 08450 682 572, email info@valpak.co.uk or visit www.valpak.co.uk/international