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Waste Packaging

Under the European Union (Packaging) Regulations 2014 all producers have important obligations for the recovery of packaging waste.

The European Union (Packaging) Regulations 2014 promote the recovery of specific packaging waste.  The Regulations impose obligations on all producers, including manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers, who in the course of business supply packaging to the Irish market.

These Regulations came into effect on the 20th June 2014 and replaced all the preceeding packaging Regulations. 

How do the Regulations apply to your business?

The European Union (Packaging) Regulations 2014 impose certain obligations on all ‘producers’ of packaging and additional obligations on ‘major producers’

  • ‘Producers’ of packaging are people who in the course of business supply to others packaging material e.g. shops, pubs, supermarkets, fast-food outlets, wholesalers, manufactures, importers, exporters (both Repak and non-Repak members). All such are referred to as ‘producers’ of packaging.
  • ‘Major Producers’ of packaging are suppliers who annually place more than 10 tonnes of packaging (other than packaging for reuse or export) on the Irish market and have an annual turnover of more than €1million (‘Turnover’ for the purpose of these Regulations means "the amounts derived from the provision (including exports) of goods and services falling within the producers ordinary activities after deduction of trade discounts and VAT".)
  • Packaging includes the primary packaging on the product sold. If you are asked to produce a packaging report identifying packaging used you must calculate packaging weights.

Obligations for All Producers of Waste

There are some primary obligations on all producers of packaging waste relating to (i) packaging waste arising on a producer’s premise, (ii) information on packaging destined for reuse, (iii) information on the weight of packaging and (iv) their obligations regarding recovery operators. These obligations are detailed in the Regulations, 2014.

A producer must arrange to have waste taken back by a supplier, or recovered, or segregated and made available for recovery by an authorised waste recovery operator.  It is an offence for a producer to dispose of such packaging waste without first making it available for recovery.

All producers participating in the placing of packaging on the market must segregate the packaging waste arising on their own premises (back-door packaging waste) into specified waste streams e.g. waste glass, paper, aluminum, steel, fiberboard, wood and plastic sheeting. An exemption is provided for ‘contaminated’ waste.

As pubs and restaurants now fall under the scope of the Regulations, they must be able to estimate the weight of packaging consumed on the premises. Packaging sold and consumed on a producers premises also comes within the scopes of the Regulations. Bottles sold and consumed in pubs, restaurants, clubs and hotels are now subject to the requirements of the Regulations. As a major producer, if you exceed 10 tonnes annually which equates to approximately 200kg of packaging a week, you have specific obligations. You may wish to seek the assistance of a consultant to prepare such a report.

 If you need further information please contact the Environment Section.

Registration Forms & Regulations

Application - Initial Registration Form doc, 51kb

Renewal of Registration Form Waste Packaging doc, 269kb

Three Year Implementation Plan Form doc, 48kb

Quarterly Summary Packaging Report Form doc, 52kb

Producer Status Declaration Form doc, 50kb

European Union (Packaging) Regulations 2014 pdf, 163kb

 
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