When you think of packaging, you might picture the boxes that your online shopping arrives in or the bags you carry groceries home in. But packaging is more than just that.

In the world of regulations and responsibilities, ‘packaging’ includes any material used to hold, protect, handle, deliver, and present goods.

This definition covers a wide range of items, from the pallets that stack goods to the boxes that contain your favourite products, even down to the tape used to wrap parcels and the hangers you find attached to clothes.

What is an obligated packaging producer?

Now that we’ve clarified what packaging is, let’s dive into the important question: Are you an obligated packaging producer?

You fall into the category of an ‘obligated’ packaging producer if you, or a group of companies you are part of, meet two straightforward criteria:

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  1. Handling 50 tonnes of packaging materials: In the previous calendar year, if you or your group of companies dealt with 50 tonnes of packaging materials or packaging, then you meet the first part of the criteria. This doesn’t mean you need to weigh it all yourself – this figure encompasses all the packaging materials you used in your operations.
  2. Annual turnover of over £2 million: The second part of the criteria involves your financial standing. If your business, or the group you are a part of, had a turnover exceeding £2 million in the last financial year’s accounts, then you meet the second requirement.

If you meet both of these criteria, congratulations – you are an obligated packaging producer, and certain responsibilities and regulations apply to your business.

But don’t fret, you can learn more about your obligations and how to meet them by checking out the full report on the UK government’s website.

Checking your obligation

To be absolutely sure whether you fall into the category of obligated packaging producers, it’s a good idea to review your past year’s packaging handling and your annual financial turnover.

If you find that you do meet the criteria, it’s important to understand and fulfil your obligations, as outlined in the government’s report.

Being aware of your status as an obligated packaging producer ensures that you comply with the necessary regulations and contribute to responsible packaging practices in the UK.

In the end, packaging might seem simple on the surface, but when it comes to regulatory responsibilities, it’s essential to know where your business stands.

If you meet the criteria outlined by the UK government, you are an obligated packaging producer, and there are steps you need to take to fulfil your responsibilities.