What does compliance mean?
Compliance is when a business meets the requirements of a specific piece of legislation, which can be a complex and onerous task. In 1997 Valpak was formed by industry as a compliance scheme to help businesses meet requirements under the Packaging Waste
Regulations. Since then Valpak has expanded and now supports businesses with other pieces of environmental legislation.
Producer responsibility legislation that may affect your business
If your business places certain products on the market in the UK it may be obligated under specific producer responsibility legislation. This means that it must take responsibility for the end-of-life waste management of certain products.
Three key areas of producer responsibility that may affect your business include the Packaging Waste, Waste
Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Waste Batteries Directives.
If your business operates overseas and places products onto markets outside of the UK, it may also have obligations under a variety of producer responsibility legislation. Visit our International Compliance page to find out more.
Other environmental legislation
Other environmental legislation that exists includes Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), Registration, Evaluation,
Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH), Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). It
is important that your business is aware that these regulations exist and regularly checks to see if it meets the criteria of each piece of legislation. Valpak offers services to help businesses to comply with all of the regulations outlined above.
The Modern Slavery Act
The Modern Slavery Act aims to create transparency within supply chains and encourages organisations to take steps to ensure that modern slavery is not occurring within the business or supply chains. As Valpak has extensive experience in gathering and analysing packaging data, we have developed a service for businesses looking to collect ‘additional’ data to meet the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act and monitor supplier performance on ethical issues.
Can a company be penalised for breaking regulations?
Uncertainty that can surround business obligations, the burden of compliance, failure to comply and subsequent consequences of non-compliance can all have negative impacts on a business. Risks of non-compliance may include prosecution, heavy fines, negative
PR and damage to brand reputation.
For businesses that are facing prosecution due to non-compliance with the Packaging Waste Regulations Valpak can help. Visit our Civil Sanctions page
to find out more.
The Green Dot Symbol
If your business is a brand owner or importer of packaging that displays the Green Dot logo, a UK license will need to be purchased. To find out more about the meaning of the Green Dot and to ensure your business is using it correctly visit our
Green Dot page.
How Valpak can help
Valpak has been providing simple and innovative compliance solutions to over 4,000 customers for over 20 years, and services range from fully outsourced solutions to help, advice and support with often complex data collection and reporting requirements.