The new EPR regulations require producers with an annual turnover of £2 million, who handle more than 50 tons of packaging each year, to report data on the amount and type of packaging they supply, with reporting frequency increased to twice annually per year.
A new “de minimis” threshold has also been introduced, so smaller producers with an annual turnover of £1 million and who handle more than 25 tons of packaging per year are also required to collect, but not report this data. EPR regulations apply to all types of businesses including, importers, distributors, and online marketplaces.
What do we mean by ‘handling’?
Handling includes any of the following activities:
Manufacturing – producing raw materials for manufacture of packaging
Packaging conversion – converting raw materials into packaging
Packing/filling – putting goods into packaging or packaging around goods
Selling – supplying packaged goods to the end-user
Importing – imported packaging, including raw material to be used as packaging
Service provider – businesses that supply packaging by hiring or lending