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Packaging Compliance

Helping you gather the information needed for compliance

Is your business obligated?

Your business has an obligation to register under the packaging waste regulations if both apply to you:

  • Your last reported annual turnover was £2m or more.
  • The business handled 50t or more packaging in the previous calendar year.

Why join our scheme?​

Recycling Lives Services will take on your legal responsibilities and help you gather the information needed for compliance.

In addition to packaging compliance, we can offer a total waste management solution covering waste collections, electrical waste and batteries.

We are one of the newest compliance schemes, established in 2021, but you will be working with a well-respected team with nearly fifty years of experience and expertise within the packaging compliance and waste sectors.

And of course, we are unique in being associated closely with the Recycling Lives charity.

How can we help?

We take on your legal obligations under the packaging waste regulations and register you as a producer with the Environment Agency

We help you calculate your packaging obligations

Purchase the required (Packaging Recovery Notes) PRNs to meet these obligations and provide this evidence to the Environment Agency on your behalf

Carry out regular reviews to ensure data are as accurate as possible and advise of any improvements

Keep you up to date with changes in government policy, forthcoming amendments to the regulations and what these may mean for your business

Guide you through the new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) registration and data gathering process, providing regular regulatory updates and support.

Extended Producer Responsibilities (EPR)​

These revised regulations are due to come into full effect from 2025 and will replace the existing regulations, which were last significantly revised in 2007.Reporting for EPR is now open, but with no fees associated to it in 2024 (based on 2023 data).

The key points of the new EPR scheme are as follows:

The obligated producer will pick up the full obligation. Shared responsibility is being replaced​
Threshold for small producers is falling to £1m turnover AND 25tonnes of packaging handled in 2025 (based on 2024 data)
Obligated producers fall under the following categories: Brand-Owners, Importers, Packer/filler, Distributor, Service Provider and Online marketplace​
Any household packaging you are obligated for will need to be recorded separately and will attract an additional fee to reimburse local authorities for its collection​
The reporting period moves from annual to twice a year – 1st October and 1 April​
Commonly littered packaging and drinks containers have their own category​
Fees will be modulated in subsequent years to reflect the environmental impact and the cost of recovery of different materials​
A separate ‘nation of sale’ data report will be required from any producer (Large and Small) who sells packaged goods or packaging to an end-user.  This will come online in 2025 (based on 2024 data)​

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“Our relationship with Recycling Lives spans more than 6 years starting with our first load in 2016.

We send scrap and waste material including copper, brass, ferrous metal and more they also handle our hazardous waste such as oil and aerosols. We honestly like everything about Recycling Lives, their people are dedicated to what they do, work hard and are exceptionally friendly to deal with. Their attitude to work and charity is inspirational. Long may our partnership continue.”

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“BT and Recycling Lives have a long established relationship stretching back over 15 years.

We were looking to ensure we met and exceeded all of our environmental and waste targets and goals. To enable us to achieve this, we needed to work with the right partners that carry the same values and provide us with solutions we need in an ever change environment. Recycling Lives have continuously demonstrated their ability to deliver, always willing to go that extra mile when needed, and have built a trust within BT that our waste is in safe hands. We will continue to work with Recycling Lives in the future.”