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UK Packaging Waste Compliance Scheme


Packaging Producer Responsibility

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UK Packaging Waste Compliance Scheme


Packaging Producer Responsibility

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UK PACKAGING COMPLIANCE SCHEME

Scotland, England & Wales Packaging Producer Responsibility


About Scotpak


Scotpak is a UK-wide waste packaging compliance scheme based in Scotland.

Scotpak is part of the Leaf Group, which has been supplying environmental compliance services and data management support throughout the UK and Ireland since 2000. We are distinguished by our diligence, experience and ethical approach.

As a compliance scheme we work with obligated businesses large and small, across many sectors. With an office in Glasgow we are positioned to offer compliance services throughout Scotland and the rest of Great Britain.

The Leaf Group also has a dedicated office and member scheme in Northern Ireland. Both schemes are supported by a Dublin-based waste packaging consultancy serving the UK & Ireland.

About Our Clients


Packaging handlers and waste producers that breach specific UK thresholds are obligated to comply with the Packaging Waste Regulations.

Our members are businesses with a legal responsibility to "offset" the packaging they introduce into the UK marketplace. They might be manufacturers, converters, packers & fillers, sellers or importers. We also work with accredited re-processors.

The most efficient and cost-effective way to calculate and fulfil the obligations of any business or group is to become a member of an accredited compliance scheme such as Scotpak. 

Scotpak members are motivated to reduce, reuse and recycle packaging. They are keen to minimise obligations and reduce environmental impact.

For More Information


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The communication we receive from Scotpak is first class. The team understand our business requirements extremely well and we are always made aware of governmental changes well in advance. This means that when they take effect we are as prepared as possible to secure the best possible outcome.
Working with Scotpak saves valuable administration time. We understand exactly what information we need to provide and can then trust Scotpak to complete the relevant calculations on our behalf.
— Cider of Sweden (Kopparberg)

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If you think that your business might reach or breach the thresholds for the packaging waste obligations in Scotland or Great Britain we can help you make the best decisions for your business. Contact us for advice about how to become compliant and stay within the law.

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Packaging Compliance


Waste Producer Responsibility

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UK Packaging Waste Producer Obligations


The Waste Packaging Regulations are designed to reduce the amount of packaging that businesses introduce into the UK waste stream or consign to landfill and encourage reuse and recycling. Packaging regulations are built on the principal that the polluter pays. 

"Packaging is any material used to hold, protect, handle, deliver and present goods. This covers the whole packaging supply chain from the raw material to the finished goods."   (GOV.UK)
A producer is deemed to be a company or group that performs any of six specific activities on packaging or has those activities carried out on their behalf, and breaches government thresholds.

Reduce, reuse, recycle - better for the environment and for profitability

In the first instance producers should aim to reduce packaging use. This of course benefits both the environment and the bottom line. A waste packing audit is a good place to start. At Scotpak we don't want to simply help you meet your obligations, we want to help you reduce them.


Activity, material and thresholds

An obligated packaging producer is one that meets both the following criteria in the previous year;

  • Generated a turnover in excess of £2 million

  • Handled (performed activity on) 50 tonnes of packaging material


Activity performed on packaging


Waste Packaging Activity
  • Manufacture

  • Convert

  • Pack / fill

  • Sell

  • Import

  • Export


Material used in packaging


Packaging Materials
  • Paper

  • Wood

  • Plastic

  • Glass

  • Aluminium

  • Steel


Obligations

Threshold & Registration

  • A business becomes obligated when it reaches the thresholds in the previous calendar year.
  • Obligated producers are legally required to register as a packaging producer.
  • Businesses can register by joining a compliance scheme such as Scotpak or register directly.
  • Registration through Scotpak is with Sottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Data Management

  • Businesses must declare all primary and secondary packaging activities.
  • Packaging material handling must be calculated and declared by tonnage.
  • Data submitted by Scotpak is held on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD).

Packaging Recovery Evidence

  • Scotpak will calculate the obligation based on the data registered.
  • The obligation is fulfilled by the purchase of Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs).
  • PRNs are purchased from accredited re-processors based on recycling activity.
  • A PRN obligation is based on the type and volume of material handled.
  • When fulfilled the NPWD will issue a Certificate of Compliance (CoC).
  • Environmental compliance is a legal obligation of qualifying producers.
  • Failure to comply may attract civil penalties or criminal prosecution.

Scotpak Compliance Scheme

  • Registering as a member of a scheme such as Scotpak assures compliance.
  • We take on the administrative burdens of registration and data management.
  • We ensure your packaging systems and processes stay relevant and informed.
  • Based on the data you provide we take on your legal responsibility to comply.
 

If you think that your business might reach or breach the thresholds for the packaging waste obligations in Scotland or Great Britain we can help you make the best decisions for your business. Contact us for advice about how to become compliant and stay within the law.


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Waste Producer Responsibility Services


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Waste Producer Compliance Scheme Services


Scheme & Consultancy

Scotpak is an accredited waste packing compliance scheme. Our members are businesses with a diverse range of needs throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK. Our scheme services are supported by the Leaf Group consultancy We also offer a broad range of compliance support services that can be tailored to the sector-specific needs of your organisation.

In the first instance we can help identity what if any your compliance obligations are with a waste and environmental audit, and then guide you through your options depending on the nature and volume of the waste you are responsible for.

For a full list of services see here.

Scotpak Services

Waste Packaging Compliance

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The Leaf Group


UK & Ireland Compliance Schemes & Consultancy Services

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UK & Ireland Compliance Schemes & Consultancy Services

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UK & Ireland Schemes & Consultancy services


If your business operates within the UK, the most time and cost efficient way to manage your packaging compliance obligations is to become a member of an approved compliance scheme.

As well as offering consultancy services, the Leaf Group operates two schemes that cover the whole of the UK. Northern Ireland has separate packaging waste regulations to the the rest of the UK and Nipak can advise on the relevant N.I. obligations. Scotpak covers England, Scotland and Wales. 

If you join one of our schemes we take on the legal responsibility for your business to register with the appropriate agency, meet the targets and remain compliant in your obligations on the basis of the data that you submit to us.


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NIPAK

Northern Ireland Packaging Compliance Scheme based in Holywood, Co. Down


Nipak is Northern Ireland's only local packaging compliance scheme. 

We work with obligated businesses to help them meet their requirements under the Packaging Regulations in a practical and cost effective way. The Nipak scheme offers the best value route for local businesses to become and stay compliant.

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LEAF ENVIRONMENTAL

UK & Ireland packaging & waste producer consultancy based in Dublin


Leaf Environmental is a leading specialist Producer Responsibility consultancy.

Leaf is dedicated to helping businesses with compliance obligations in any stream of the Producer Responsibility Initiative (PRI).  We provide a range of packaging, WEEE and battery compliance and consultancy services.


If you think that your business might reach or breach the thresholds for the packaging waste obligations in Scotland or Great Britain we can help you make the best decisions for your business. Contact us for advice about how to become compliant and stay within the law.