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UK Packaging Regulations

Packaging Regulations

At Here's The Plan, we offer expert assistance to help companies comply with packaging waste regulations. With over 20 years of experience, we have a deep understanding of the complex requirements of packaging waste submissions and can help your business stay ahead of new and upcoming regulations, such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

EPR is a new packaging regulation in the UK that aims to reduce the environmental impact of packaging waste by making obligated producers responsible for the full net cost of collecting and recycling all packaging that they place on the UK market.

Under this regulation, companies will have 100% responsibility for their packaging waste. This means that they will need to consider the environmental impact of the packaging they use and make changes to reduce their obligation.

Your obligations differ depending on whether you are classified as a small or large organisation, but you must be ready to report if you satisfy any of the following criteria:





=> £1m

< £2m

=> 25 tonnes


=> £1m

=> 25 tonnes

< 50 tonnes


=> £2m

=> 50 tonnes

Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)

The Scottish Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) is a government initiative that encourages people to recycle empty drinks containers such as cans, glass and plastic bottles and drink cartons. Under the scheme, consumers pay a small deposit on each eligible drink container at the point of purchase, which is refunded when they return the empty container for recycling.

The deposit amounts vary based on the size of the container, with most being set at 20p. Consumers can return their empty containers to designated collection points, such as automated machines or local retailers, to receive their deposit back. This legislation is likely to increase costs for producers, wholesalers and retailers, rest assured we can help navigate your business through the complex regulations and how to best prepare for the start of this scheme.

Our team of experts will work closely with you to understand your business's specific needs and tailor our services to your requirements. We can assist with everything from data collection and analysis to completing and submitting your packaging waste reports on time. Furthermore, we can handle your Packaging Recovery Notes obligation on your behalf up until the 2026 deadline.

Partnering with us means taking a proactive step towards understanding and managing your new packaging regulations and avoiding potential penalties for non-compliance. Our comprehensive packaging waste services can help provide budget certainty while also reducing your bottom line.

Contact us today to learn more about our packaging waste services and how we can help your business stay ahead of evolving regulations.