What is packaging?
Packaging is made from materials such as plastic, cardboard, steel etc and its main purpose is to enclose and protect goods for distribution, storage and display. Some primary packaging has a secondary purpose, which is to attract and encourage consumers to purchase the products contained within that piece of packaging.
What is packaging waste?
Packaging waste occurs when a piece of packaging is no longer needed to protect or display a product. A consumer or end user will discard of packaging once its role is no longer necessary.
What are the Packaging Waste Regulations?
The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations was the first piece of producer responsibility legislation in the UK, and works on the principle of shared producer responsibility.
These regulations require packaging producers (businesses that perform an activity on packaging) to take responsibility for their environmental impact, and obligated producers must pay a proportion of the cost of the recovery and recycling of packaging via the purchase of certificates or recycling evidence, otherwise known as Packaging Waste Recovery Notes (PRNs).