Packaging Legislation

WEEE Directive

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive aims to minimise the impacts of electrical and electronic equipment on the environment during their life times and when they become waste. It applies to a huge spectrum of products. It encourages and sets criteria for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment. It makes producers responsible for financing most of these activities (producer responsibility). Private householders are to be able to return WEEE without charge.

So, there is a legal duty for return electrical goods to be sent back to the producer. These goods simply cannot be thrown away. This involves all return electrical goods, whether they are faulty or are unwanted for any other reason.

More information here

Waste Packaging Regulations

These regulation, introduced in 1997, are designed to ensure that a percentage of packaging material is recycled or recovered. All parts of a supply chain are charged with a partial responsibility in this regard.

As an example, if you were to send out goods in cardboard boxes, you now have partial responsibility to ensure that those boxes, or an equivalent amount of cardboard elsewhere, are recycled or recovered.

More information is here

Landfill Tax

This tax, introduced in 1996, is paid on top of normal landfill rates by any company or local authority that disposes of waste through a landfill site. The landfill tax is collected through landfill operators and then paid as a tax to central Government.

Link to the Landfill Tax Regulations is here

Data Reporting

The Packaging Waste (Data Reporting) (England) Regulations 2023 is a requirement for packaging producers to report the amount of packaging that is sold