Packaging and packaging waste
You must comply with packaging regulations if your business manufactures, fills, supplies or handles packaging or packaging materials.
How you design, use and dispose of packaging can affect both your income and the environment. Although the amount of used packaging being recycled is increasing, businesses can do more to use less packaging, lower costs and reduce waste.
You should keep the packaging you use to a minimum and design your packaging so that it is easy to reuse and recycle. This helps to minimise the amount of packaging waste you and other parts of your supply chain have to dispose of.
Efficient use of packaging can benefit your business through reduced costs, a better relationship with stakeholders and customers, and new sales and marketing opportunities.
This guideline describes how to comply with the main packaging environmental legislation: the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2015, and the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations, as amended. The Packaging Essential Requirements Regulations cover design and manufacturing aspects of packaging in the EU market, while the Producer Responsibility Obligations cover recycling and recovery.
The rules for UK businesses, who handle and supply packaging, are changing. If your business is affected there will be actions to take from 01 January 2023 - Read about Extended Producer Responsibility here.
In this guide
- What is packaging?
- Obligations for packaging design and use -who do they apply to?
- Packaging design and use - your responsibilities
- Packaging design and use - exemptions
- Packaging producer obligations - who do they apply to?
- Producer compliance schemes
- Packaging producers: Individual route
- Reprocessing and export of packaging waste
- Packaging: reduce, reuse and recycle
- Extended Producer Responsibility
- Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland
- Packaging: environmental legislation