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Electronic packaging database use on the up

Use of the new electronic database for UK packaging obligations had jumped to 83% up from 57% the previous quarter.

The Packaging Federation (PF) said increased use of the system had been accompanied by a marked decrease in the number of user queries received at the help desk.

Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) data taskforce chairman Phil Conran said the results had shown a real step change in the systems use, with the new system reducing the administrative burden and enabling quarterly data to be published earlier than under the old system. The electronic system also ensures those who had not submitted data can be quickly identified and suspended and allows the Environment Agency (EA) to quickly identify and correct data submission errors.

Our aim now is to get all accredited reprocessors and exporters to understand the benefits it provides both to them and the market and to achieve 100% usage for Q4 submissions, Conran added. 

Obstacles thought to be deterring non-users include the current need to duplicate effort by also sending signed printed forms to the EA, and confusion around the confidentiality issues surrounding data submitted via the National Packaging Waste Database.

But the PF chief executive Ian Dent assured the system had proper Chinese walls built around it to ensure confidentiality of data to users.

As the plan is to make the packaging waste recovery note (PRN) and packaging waste export recovery note (PERN) system electronic as of next year, a series of regional workshops are being held to allow users to operate the new system and raise any concerns with EA staff and the systems developers. See for workshop details.


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