Guidance for packaging producers

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See the latest regulatory decisions for waste management, including packaging producer obligations.

More than 10 million tonnes of packaging waste is produced in the UK from industry, commerce and households. Of this, more than six million tonnes of packing waste are accepted for recovery either in the UK or overseas. This is good for the environment and helps the UK meet its recovery and recycling targets. It's also good for business, as those that cut down on waste packaging can save considerable amounts of money.

Important changes to electronic payments

Our bank details have changed. If you want to pay for your permit or licence application by electronic transfer, use our new bank information below. Please look at the ‘Our charges’ section of our website for full details of the changes.

New information
Company name:  Natural Resources Wales 
Company address:     Income Department, PO BOX 663, Cardiff, CF24 0TP
Bank: RBS
Address: National Westminster Bank Plc., 2 1/2 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4BA 
Sort code:  60-70-80 
Account number: 10014438

We will update our forms as soon as possible, but please use the new bank information on Our Charges page when making electronic payments from now on. Do not use the details given in our permit/ licence application forms and guidance if they are different to those above.

Find out if you're a packaging producer

If you have an annual turnover of more than £2 million and handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging a year, you are required to meet the producer obligations under the packaging regulations. You will also have recycling obligations if you own the packaging on which you perform an activity and supply it to someone else or if you import packaging.

These regulations apply to groups of companies. Therefore if you are a holding company or part of a group you may need to comply.

How to register as a packaging producer

Register as a packaging producer on the Nation Packaging Waste Database.

Joining a producer compliance scheme

Packaging compliance schemes are businesses that take on the legal obligations of packaging producers, and are responsible for obtaining evidence of recovery and recycling.

View contact details of packaging compliance schemes on the National Packaging Waste Database.

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