Our History

  • 2017

    In March, Valpak celebrated 20 years of service and experience.
    Packaging Market Study (PackFlow 2025) report was published, which assesses the UK’s existing system and identifies opportunities for growing UK packaging recycling, and PRN reform.

  • 2016

    Valpak established a service to raise awareness of and help companies to comply with the requirements of section 54 of the new Modern Slavery Act.
    Valpak developed web-based portals, which use client data to help increase supply chain transparency and minimise risk.
    PackFlow 2025 report was published, the report was designed to inform Government decision making on EU circular economy proposals on EPR and future WEEE targets.

  • 2015

    New members of the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) announced. Adrian Hawkes, Valpak’s Policy Director appointed to represent large compliance schemes taking over from Steve Gough, Valpak’s CEO.
    MetalFlow 2014 report was published, the report focuses steel and aluminium packaging supply chain in the UK.

  • 2014

    WEEE Recast changes moved UK to target driven system for first time in 2014.
    Glass target consultation took place and targets were adjusted in line with Glassflow 2012 recommendations. This adjustment in targets saved the UK approximately £64 million.
    Plastic Packaging Market Study (Plastic Flow) 2014 report was published identifying lower levels of plastic packaging going onto the market than previously predicted.
    EU withdraw Circular Economy Package which contained proposals to review the Packaging Directive across the EU member states.
    UK established ESOS Regulations 2014.
    Valpak launched an Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) service.

  • 2013

    New 5 year packaging waste recovery and recycling targets became effective from 1 January 2013. These targets included a split glass target and a 5% annual increase in plastic targets.
    On 18 February 2013 the assets and business of Valpak Recycling (North West) Limited were sold to JWS Lancashire Limited.
    Glassflow 2012 report is published; the report investigates why the UK glass packaging recycling sector experienced a lot of volatility during 2012.

  • 2012

    Valpak helped organisations to comply with environmental legislation in over 20 countries.
    Valpak was appointed as PAS 141 ( WEEE Re-use ) Scheme Administrator by BIS.
    Valpak launched a Zero Waste to Landfill Certification service, to help organisations demonstrate their environmental credentials.

  • 2011

    Valpak set up an International Compliance Service.
    Valpak obtained Carbon Neutrality Standard , PAS 2060.

  • 2010

    April UK CRC Regulations come into force.
    Valpak set up CRC Compliance Service.

  • 2009

    05 May UK Batteries Regulations came into force.
    March Valpak launched new UK Green Dot Code of Practice.
    Valpak approved as operator of Batteries Producer Compliance Scheme.
    Valpak's head office gained ISO 14001 accreditation and became one of approximately only 10,000 other companies to obtain this in the UK.

  • 2008

    Valpak sponsored the Royal College of Art Design for a Better Environment award.
    Valpak Consulting were involved in the pioneering Glasgow Recycles partnership project.

  • 2007

    02 January UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations come into force.
    Valpak was approved as operator of WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme.
    Valpak, in partnership with Wincanton, launch the "WEEE recycle-more" campaign in Glasgow. This campaign saw an uplift over 150% in material to the Glasgow Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs).

  • 2006

    Valpak strengthened its range of compliance and recycling solutions with the purchase of the Waste Management Group (WMG) Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Preston, which was integrated into the current Valpak Recycling operation. This facility is one of the UK's leading plastic sorting and grading sites and draws material from across the whole of the UK.

  • 2005

    The first PackFlow 2005 research project findings are announced to cement Valpak's position as the expert on Producer Responsibility issues.

  • 2004

    Valpak rescape™ recycling banks introduced for high profile locations.
    Valpak Data Solutions is established.
    Valpak Recycling opens a representative office in China.

  • 2003

    Valpak sold its ground breaking commercial glass collection business, recycle-more-glass, to the UK's largest commercial and domestic glass collector and processor Berryman. The scheme collects 60,000 tonnes of glass a year, the equivalent to nearly 200 million bottles and jars.

  • 2002

    Valpak shifts the focus of its operations away from Savannah House in London to a new base in Warwickshire. This decision was reached after consideration of the costs involved in renting a prime location London office, and with a view to making the company more accessible to its nationwide membership. Montague House in Stratford-upon-Avon was officially opened in April.

  • 2001

    Valpak further extends its activities by starting up its recycle-more-glass service, collecting mixed glass for recycling free of charge from pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars.

  • 1998

    Rt Hon John Gummer MP is appointed as Valpak's Non-executive Chairman.
    First year of packaging waste obligations for affected Great Britain organisations.

  • 1997

    06 March 1997 new UK Packaging Waste Regulations came into force.
    Valpak becomes first Producer Compliance Scheme for packaging.
    Organisations affected by the Packaging Waste Regulations register.

  • 1996

    The Valpak Working Representative Advisory Group was formed. From this group, the concept of the Valpak Packaging Compliance Scheme emerged. It would be a collaborative industry body through which businesses would work together to achieve the recovery and recycling of packaging waste. It would take pressure away from businesses that would find it difficult and time consuming to comply with the legislation.

  • 1995

    The UK Government consulted with industry over a 2 year period, so there was time to put forward an agreed proposal on the best way to implement the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.

  • 1994

    The European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste was introduced in 1994. The Directive put obligations on member countries to recover and recycle 50-65% of packaging waste by 2001.

  • 1993

    The UK Government assembled a group of industry representatives to form the Packaging Responsibility Group (PRG) to assess the impact of the forthcoming Packaging Waste Regulations.

2017

In March, Valpak celebrated 20 years of service and experience.
Packaging Market Study (PackFlow 2025) report was published, which assesses the UK’s existing system and identifies opportunities for growing UK packaging recycling, and PRN reform.

2016

Valpak established a service to raise awareness of and help companies to comply with the requirements of section 54 of the new Modern Slavery Act.
Valpak developed web-based portals, which use client data to help increase supply chain transparency and minimise risk.
PackFlow 2025 report was published, the report was designed to inform Government decision making on EU circular economy proposals on EPR and future WEEE targets.

2015

New members of the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) announced. Adrian Hawkes, Valpak’s Policy Director appointed to represent large compliance schemes taking over from Steve Gough, Valpak’s CEO.
MetalFlow 2014 report was published, the report focuses steel and aluminium packaging supply chain in the UK.

2014

WEEE Recast changes moved UK to target driven system for first time in 2014.
Glass target consultation took place and targets were adjusted in line with Glassflow 2012 recommendations. This adjustment in targets saved the UK approximately £64 million.
Plastic Packaging Market Study (Plastic Flow) 2014 report was published identifying lower levels of plastic packaging going onto the market than previously predicted.
EU withdraw Circular Economy Package which contained proposals to review the Packaging Directive across the EU member states.
UK established ESOS Regulations 2014.
Valpak launched an Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) service.

2013

New 5 year packaging waste recovery and recycling targets became effective from 1 January 2013. These targets included a split glass target and a 5% annual increase in plastic targets.
On 18 February 2013 the assets and business of Valpak Recycling (North West) Limited were sold to JWS Lancashire Limited.
Glassflow 2012 report is published; the report investigates why the UK glass packaging recycling sector experienced a lot of volatility during 2012.

2012

Valpak helped organisations to comply with environmental legislation in over 20 countries.
Valpak was appointed as PAS 141 ( WEEE Re-use ) Scheme Administrator by BIS.
Valpak launched a Zero Waste to Landfill Certification service, to help organisations demonstrate their environmental credentials.

2011

Valpak set up an International Compliance Service.
Valpak obtained Carbon Neutrality Standard , PAS 2060.

2010

April UK CRC Regulations come into force.
Valpak set up CRC Compliance Service.

2009

05 May UK Batteries Regulations came into force.
March Valpak launched new UK Green Dot Code of Practice.
Valpak approved as operator of Batteries Producer Compliance Scheme.
Valpak's head office gained ISO 14001 accreditation and became one of approximately only 10,000 other companies to obtain this in the UK.

2008

Valpak sponsored the Royal College of Art Design for a Better Environment award.
Valpak Consulting were involved in the pioneering Glasgow Recycles partnership project.

2007

02 January UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations come into force.
Valpak was approved as operator of WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme.
Valpak, in partnership with Wincanton, launch the "WEEE recycle-more" campaign in Glasgow. This campaign saw an uplift over 150% in material to the Glasgow Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs).

2006

Valpak strengthened its range of compliance and recycling solutions with the purchase of the Waste Management Group (WMG) Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Preston, which was integrated into the current Valpak Recycling operation. This facility is one of the UK's leading plastic sorting and grading sites and draws material from across the whole of the UK.

2005

The first PackFlow 2005 research project findings are announced to cement Valpak's position as the expert on Producer Responsibility issues.

2004

Valpak rescape™ recycling banks introduced for high profile locations.
Valpak Data Solutions is established.
Valpak Recycling opens a representative office in China.

2003

Valpak sold its ground breaking commercial glass collection business, recycle-more-glass, to the UK's largest commercial and domestic glass collector and processor Berryman. The scheme collects 60,000 tonnes of glass a year, the equivalent to nearly 200 million bottles and jars.

2002

Valpak shifts the focus of its operations away from Savannah House in London to a new base in Warwickshire. This decision was reached after consideration of the costs involved in renting a prime location London office, and with a view to making the company more accessible to its nationwide membership. Montague House in Stratford-upon-Avon was officially opened in April.

2001

Valpak further extends its activities by starting up its recycle-more-glass service, collecting mixed glass for recycling free of charge from pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars.

2000
1998

Rt Hon John Gummer MP is appointed as Valpak's Non-executive Chairman.
First year of packaging waste obligations for affected Great Britain organisations.

1997

06 March 1997 new UK Packaging Waste Regulations came into force.
Valpak becomes first Producer Compliance Scheme for packaging.
Organisations affected by the Packaging Waste Regulations register.

1996

The Valpak Working Representative Advisory Group was formed. From this group, the concept of the Valpak Packaging Compliance Scheme emerged. It would be a collaborative industry body through which businesses would work together to achieve the recovery and recycling of packaging waste. It would take pressure away from businesses that would find it difficult and time consuming to comply with the legislation.

1995

The UK Government consulted with industry over a 2 year period, so there was time to put forward an agreed proposal on the best way to implement the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.

1994

The European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste was introduced in 1994. The Directive put obligations on member countries to recover and recycle 50-65% of packaging waste by 2001.

1993

The UK Government assembled a group of industry representatives to form the Packaging Responsibility Group (PRG) to assess the impact of the forthcoming Packaging Waste Regulations.