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INDUSTRY DEVELOPS NEW WASTE PACKAGING GUIDANCE

Business Associations in the chemical supply chain, including CBA, have developed supplementary guidance to WM3 covering the assessment and classification of wastes coming within the scope of the European Waste Framework Directive.

The Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency have welcomed the development of this guidance and have agreed to its adoption in England, Wales, and Scotland.

This industry guidance focuses on waste packaging and includes a flow chart designed to help companies assess whether packaging actually constitutes waste and whether it should be classified as hazardous or non hazardous. The guidance specifically provides criteria helping with the classification of empty packaging containing residues of hazardous substances.

Industry Guidance on the assessment and classification of waste packaging WP1 July 2017

This guide was prepared by a partnership between Chemical Business Association (CBA), Chemical Industries Association (CIA), and the Non-Ferrous Alliance (NFA) – led and supported by the Environment Agency’s Climate Ready Support Service, which is responsible for delivering the Government’s commitments under the National Adaptation Programme4. It was developed using an active workshop to bring together climate change adaptation expertise together with technical and industry knowledge, and using Climate Ready’s Business Areas Climate Impacts Assessment Tool (BACLIAT). For more on this guidance, please click on Safeguarding chemical businesses in a changing climate 

The EC Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste 94/62/EC seeks to reduce the impact of packaging and packaging waste on the environment by introducing recovery and recycling targets for packaging waste, and by encouraging minimisation and reuse of packaging. The UK implemented these provisions into legislation as the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997 in March 1997 (SI1997 : No 648)

The legislation has then been amended numerous times as below:

  • The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste)(Amendment) Regulations SI 1999 No. 1361
  • The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste)(Amendment)(No.2) Regulations SI 1999 No. 3447
  • The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste)(Amendment)(England and Wales) Regulations SI 2000 No.3375.
  • The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000 No. 451)
  • The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste)(Amendment)(England) Regulations SI 2002 No. 732
  • The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste)(Amendment)(Scotland) Regulations 2002 SI 2002 No. 147
  • The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste)(Amendment)(Wales) Regulations 2002 SI 813 (W.93)

On 1 January 2006 the new Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2005 came into force. The 2005 Packaging Regulations consolidate the original 1997 Regulations with all of the subsequent amending Statutory Instruments and they also incorporate the changes made to the Regulations in 2005 as a result of public consultation.

Summary booklet

DEFRA published a new summary booklet in January 2006 to accompany the new consolidated Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2005. The booklet summarises the provisions in the Regulations including the new provisions, such as the extension of obligations to lessors and franchisors and it provides readers with an overview of the Regulations.

Packaging Waste Regulations 2005 – is your business complying?

Operational plan template for schemes and large producers

Compliance scheme contact details


The majority of companies who are obligated by the Packaging Regulations have joined a compliance scheme in order to meet their obligations.

The compliance scheme list, provided by the Environment Agency, includes contact names, addresses and phone numbers for the schemes currently in operation. For further information please refer to Appendix III of the User’s Guide (see below).

DEFRA User Guide to Packaging Waste – Second Edition

Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE) all producers of equipment covered by the Regulations must register with a producer compliance scheme. They must do so by 15th March 2007.

To access registers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) producers, approved exporters (AEs), approved authorised treatment facilities (AATFs) and a list of producer compliance schemes (PCS) click here