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Should you be reporting your waste packaging usage for 2019?

By 21/01/2020January 22nd, 2020No Comments

It’s that period of year again. It’s time for your waste packaging reports for 2019

Waste Packaging Usage – the necessary report businesses need to be completing!

As we head into another year, people within the packaging industry will know we have reached that time again. The season for waste packaging reporting. For the previous year, it is the time to look back at your last year of activity.

But, if you’re not sure if you should be reporting your usage or are asking “what even is waste packaging usage?” – this is the perfect blog for you!

We will discuss which businesses are obligated by the packaging requirements to complete packaging compliance and how this affects you.

Waste Packaging Usage

So, what exactly does it mean to report your packaging usage?

Essentially, what we mean is taking note of what you have produced, sold or used in the previous year.

Due to the Packaging Waste Regulations, packaging business owner must follow the principles of the Collective Producer Responsibility. Necessarily, producers of the packaging must take responsibility for their environmental impact. Therefore, regulations require producers to pay a proportion of the cost of the recovery and recycling of their packaging.

We know this may sound complicated, but it is a crucial part of any packaging business!

The regulation first introduced in 1997 aims to control the amount of packaging waste that is produced by the UK as a whole. Now, more than ever, as the environmental debate continues, this year, it all seems more poignant than most. Consequently, it is vital to consider your waste package usage for 2019 to help look ahead for 2020.

Therefore, if your company produces, uses or sell (like more businesses do!) you might be legally required to report your packaging usage under these policies. As it is the first month of the year, now is the perfect time. But, not only that, assessing your waste packaging use is a great way to help focus towards reducing your business’ carbon footprint and becoming more environmentally conscious.

With all that in mind, let’s take a look at the fundamental facts of waste packaging usage.

Packaging Usage Facts

1. Who is legally obligated?

All businesses that use or handle packaging or packaging materials are legally responsible under the regulation is they pass two thresholds:

 1. They must have a turnover of more than £2 million based on last year’s accounts.
2. Handle 50 tonnes of packaging in a calendar year.

If your business is not itself an obligated producer, you may still receive requests from your customers to provide packaging weights. While you are not legally obligated to do this, it is common practice to do this.

2. What should you do if you are affected?

If you are obligated to report your packaging waste, you must register with a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) or the Environmental Agency directly. This process needs to be completed by the 7th April, each year.

Following on from that, you will have to show you meet your recovery and recycling obligations and obtain evidence of compliance. This required data needs to be submitted to the PCS or Environmental Agency.

Waste Packaging in 2019

Finally, you will also be obligated to fund the recycling and recovery of specific tonnes of materials through the purchase of Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs), determined by the data submitted and the UK recycling rates. PRNs are the most common form of evidence of recycling and recovery.

The number of PRNs is dependent upon the amount of packaging handled by a business or group of companies. As well as what activities are performed on that packaging/packaging materials. Each activity has a percentage associated with it, resulting in any one item of packaging having its obligation to be recycled shared across the businesses which acted on the packaging.

3. How Eastpac can help you become environmentally conscious?

Here at Eastpac, we can help you identify opportunities to reduce your packaging usage and maximise your warehouse and transport operations. Regardless if you are looking to reduce the number of materials within your packaging or you’re considering switching to a lighter, recycled (and recyclable) pack – enabling you to load more items on a vehicle to reduce your fuel consumption – we can help. Ultimately, we can help reduce the impact of your carbon footprint and optimise your current processes.

Therefore, if you’re unsure if you need to be reporting you waste packaging usage for 2019, get in touch with the Eastpac team. We can discover if you need to be conducting reports, as well as help you following on from the results.