Packaging waste—reprocessing and exporting
Packaging waste—reprocessing and exporting

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Packaging waste—reprocessing and exporting
  • Producer responsibility obligations
  • Brexit impact
  • Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019
  • Reprocessors and exporters
  • Environmental permits
  • Requirement for accreditation
  • How to apply for accreditation
  • Business plan
  • Sampling and inspection plan
  • More...

Packaging waste—reprocessing and exporting

Producer responsibility obligations

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 (PRO(PW)R 2007), SI 2007/871, place producer responsibility obligations on producers of packaging waste. These producer responsibility obligations include an obligation to recycle specified percentages of packaging handled in the previous year, by purchasing packaging waste recycling notes (PRNs) or packaging waste export recycling notes (PERNs), from accredited reprocessors and exporters.Note the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/1336 and the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/1390 amended the definition of PRNs and PERNs to refer to ‘recycling’ instead of ‘recovery’.

Please see Practice Note: Packaging waste—producer responsibility obligations for more information on PRO(PW)R 2007 and developments connected with this regime.

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below.

For further guidance, see: Brexit—impact on environmental law and Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019

The Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No 2) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/188,

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