Guide to Packaging Waste

Guide to Packaging Waste



Reconditioned pallets

If your company produces or uses packaging or sells packaged products, you might be legally required to report your packaging usage under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations*.

‘Packaging’ is any material used to hold, protect, handle, deliver and present goods. This includes packaging for raw materials right through to finished goods to be sold or being sold. For example, pallets, boxes, bags, tape for wrapping, rolls, tubes and clothes hangers sold as part of the clothing item.

The regulations aim at controlling the amount of packaging waste produced by UK businesses and its impact on the environment.

Reconditioned or recovered and reused timber packaging items are exempt from your usage calculations. If you would like to know more about how your business could benefit from our reconditioned and recovery pallet services please talk to your sales representative or contact us:

Who needs to report their packaging waste?

Any company (or a group of companies) that handles 50 tonnes or more of packaging or packaging materials in a calendar year and has a turnover of over £2 million based on last year’s accounts.

What do I need to do next?

If you are obliged to report your packaging waste, you must register as a packaging producer (or be registered with your environmental regulator) by 7th April each year. You will have to show you meet your recovery and recycling obligations and obtain evidence of compliance.

You will then have to submit your certificate of compliance by 31st January the following year.

How can we help?

If you bought new pallets or timber packaging from us in 2017, our sales teams can supply you with a packaging report for those products electronically or you can request a hard copy if you prefer.

To obtain your waste packaging report, or to find out more get in touch:


*Packaging waste: producer responsibilities:

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