The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2005 implement the EC Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste 94/62/EC which aims to reduce the amount of packaging and packaging waste by introducing recovery and recycling targets for packaging waste, and by encouraging minimisation and reuse of packaging.
In the UK, this has been implemented by introducing recycling targets for companies that handle packaging. Affected companies register with the Environment Agency either directly or via a compliance scheme, such as Pennine Pack. These companies report the amount of packaging they handle and they or their compliance scheme purchase certificates which show that their share of packaging has been recycled. These certificates known as PRN’s (Packaging Recovery Notes) and PERN’s (Packaging Export Recovery Notes) are issued by Accredited recyclers who have been approved by the Environment Agency.
Around 90% of obligated companies choose to join compliance schemes rather than register directly with the Environment Agency.
It is in the interest of businesses to recycle as much packaging as possible. Not only will this increase the number of PRN’s available but it will also reduce your waste disposal costs!
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