Up until January this year, the Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) and Packaging Waste Export Recovery Notes (PERNs) system had been run on a voluntary basis
However, it is now a legal requirement that companies issuing PRNS and PERNS register with the Environment Agency by September 30 each year and nominate all of their reprocessors at the same time.
Atlantic Paper was the first packaging exporter to issue PERNs and company director Bruce Terrell said: "An exporter's job is to follow the international market for commodities. An exporter must continually look for new countries and new clients to replace old ones who drop out."
Terrell claimed that this could not be done under the current system because it gives exporters the impossible task of predicting a global market over a 12-month period.
The Compliance Schemes Working Group (CoSWiG) has also attacked the new obligations and written a letter to Environment Minister Elliot Morley in protest.