The impacts of the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997
Your organisation is obligated under the regulations if you are involved in the packaging chain and satisfy two threshold tests: one based on total turnover and the other on the quantity of obligated packaging that you handle.
The regulations apply to those companies that perform one or more of the following activities in the packaging chain through which packaging materials generally pass:
Own the packaging on which these activities are carried out;
A company is not obligated under the regulations if:
A document to help calculate a company's packaging waste is in existence - the Ready Reckoner - a packaging catalogue to support the producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997, issued by the department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) in July 1997.
There is a comparatively large amount of legislation relating to the environmental impacts of waste, all of which is beyond the scope of this particular unit. It is therefore suggested that you endeavour to undertake some further reading around this subject.