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The Packaging Waste Regulations – Three steps to compliancy

Josela Renardson
Jun 16, 2016

The Packaging Waste Regulations – Three steps to ensure your business is compliant

Next year will mark 20 years of the Packaging Waste Regulations, yet it does not surprise me that a number of affected companies are still non-compliant.

As technology continues to develop many businesses are experiencing rapid changes, which may include sudden growth, shifting company structures or a change in personnel. However, the one thing that remains constant is that obligated companies must comply with this piece of producer responsibility legislation or face prosecution and/ or damage to brand reputation.

Compliance with these regulations can be quite simple; however, the ease of the task does depend on a number of factors, such as how a business handles packaging or the data available within the business. Some companies may even choose to register directly with the Environment Agency, which I personally believe makes the task more complex than it needs to be.

Choosing a suitable compliance scheme

I like to find ways to save time and to get value for my money. Therefore, I recommend that you follow these steps to ensure that your business is compliant with the regulations and that you are getting the best help and advice from the most suitable compliance scheme:

      1. Check that your business meets the thresholds
      2. Find the right Compliance Scheme for your business:
        a. Make sure that there are no hidden costs, especially for the service that you require
        b. Check the scheme’s track record. Has the scheme always complied for its customers? Who are the scheme’s customers and how long have they been customers?
        c. Compare scheme prices, but make sure that you are comparing apples with apples as different schemes have different invoicing systems and different service offerings
      3. If the data submission process for your business seems straightforward, you could attend one of your chosen schemes training and data workshops. Or, if you need additional support, you could outsource your business's data submission. Again, before you pick a service provider, follow notes a to c as above

Non-compliance and civil sanctions

If you believe that your business was obligated yet failed to register in previous years, you may be able to take advantage of civil sanctions.

A helping hand

Here at Valpak we have helped thousands of companies to comply since 1997, when the Packaging Waste Regulations first came into force. We offer comprehensive services that can be tailored to the needs of your business.

Free events

If you would like to find out more about how we can help, we are hosting two free events, on 14 July and 15 September, on how to achieve compliance more efficiently. These events are ideal for those who are completely new to a compliance role as well as those who are looking to make improvements to benefit their role and business. Places can be booked online.

If you think that your business may be obligated under the Packaging Waste Regulations, do not delay. Find out if your business meets the thresholds and contact us today to ensure your compliance.

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