Packaging rules have been consolidated into one regulation and come into force on 1 October.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said there are no expected changes in costs or savings to business as a consequence of this consolidation, so a full impact assessment was not produced.
Business secretary Sajid Javid (right) will be required to publish a review of the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2015 within five years after they come into force and within every five years after that.
A new version of the accompanying BIS Government Guidance Notes will also be made available shortly.
The new rules will replace the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2003, which included part of the European Directive relating to key issues for packaging waste.
The 2003 regulations also implemented conditions for derogation for plastic crates and pallets in relation to the heavy metal concentration levels on packaging and packaging waste. They were last amended to introduce definitions of ‘plastic’ and ‘plastic carrier bags’.
Other requirements in the consolidated regulations include maximum levels in packaging of lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium of 100 ppm.
The ‘responsible person’ is required to keep technical documentation on compliance with these limits and to make them available at the request of the enforcement authority.