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Electronic packaging data system looks like a success

The new on-line packaging data system announced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in March to bring data generated by the UK Packaging Regulations into the 21st century is off to a good start.

It is being implemented by Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) data task force chair Phil Conran in phases. The first phase, the Reprocessor module, was launched on time and on budget in April, in time for Quarter 1 submissions – with over 50% being sent through the new system.

ACP chair John Turner said: “This is a remarkable achievement, and is a leading example of how Government, industry and the regulators can work together to improve the operation of the Packaging Regulations.”

It has also been deemed a success by its users. O-I manufacturing UK environment manager Tim Neal said: “The system is very user-friendly and we found it much easier to submit the data. It fits well with our own company’s electronic system of managing the data much better. Why did we wait so long to introduce it?”

The electronic data collection system, developed by software house Solution 7, allows data transmissions to be sent electronically to the Environment Agency (EA) from accredited reprocessors and exporters as well as direct registrants and compliance schemes. It is being funded by industry, the EA, Defra and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

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