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New system implemented by EA

Businesses registered with producer compliance schemes in the UK who have to comply with the Packaging Regulations 2008 will now be given a unique producer registration number.

Under the Packaging Regulations businesses that handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging have to meet a business recycling and recovery target of 70% in 2008. To comply with the scheme businesses have to join a registered compliance scheme who takes on the legal obligations for the company and carries them out. The Environment Agency has now implemented a new system which will give producer compliance schemes unique numbers on behalf of the businesses they represent.

EA policy manager Jeff Cooper told MRW: Each producer compliance scheme will be assigned a unique number by the EA. This is the first time we have done this because of the difficulties that we had in the past, where businesses have changed names and we could not track them. We also had several subsidiary companies operating within one group and it has been difficult to track the companys registration. This registration number makes it pretty much easier to track people down. It is easily done on the National Packaging Waste Database.

The producer compliance schemes have to register data on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) of how much packaging their businesses put out into the market place. This includes the packaging that flows out to the consumer. The NWPD is supported by the EA and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and it is a web-based system to aid data submission under the Packaging Regulations from producers of packaging and producer compliance schemes.

Cooper added: The EA had discussions with industry and felt that it would be advantageous to have this producer registration number. Its easily done and it makes it easier to track producers when they change names, for instance. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) system started this last year and issues producer compliance schemes with a unique identifier. Now we have the same system.

Image: EA policy manager Jeff Cooper

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