Packaging waste: producer and supplier responsibilities

Business: Waste Environment

    1. Overview

    There are rules to minimise packaging and make sure that most of it can be recovered or recycled. You must follow these rules if you’re a:

    • packaging producer
    • packaging designer

    Anyone who ‘handles obligated packaging’ is a producer. Obligated packaging doesn’t include waste, exports or reused packaging unless it is imported.

    What is packaging?

    Packaging is anything that is used to contain and protect raw materials or a product and thrown away after the product is consumed.

    Example A paper cup for tea is considered packaging. A plastic spoon you get with the paper cup isn’t considered packaging.


    Permits and rules for packaging waste from the Environment Agency for producers and designers