The Producer Responsibility (Packaging Waste) Regulations were introduced in 1997 and encourage companies to reduce the environmental impact of their packaging in order to cut the cost of compliance. The regulations operate on a “producer pays” principle which means companies have to finance the recovery and recycling of packaging materials in proportion with the volumes they place on the market.
The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations were introduced in 2007. These regs encourage companies that produce or distribute electrical items to reduce the environmental impact of electronic waste. If your business meets the criteria set out by the WEEE Regulations then you will be classed as either a WEEE producer or handler.
The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations were introduced in 2009 and encourage companies that produce or distribute batteries to reduce the environmental impact of their disposal. If your business meets the criteria set out in the regulations, then you will be classed as a batteries producer or handler.
ESOS is the Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme led by the Environment Agency with the overall aim of encouraging the UK’s corporate community to take proactive steps to be more energy efficient – an opportunity to reduce overheads and help to limit carbon emissions. Obligated businesses must be compliant by 5th December 2015.
Producer responsibility legislation for WEEE, batteries and packaging comes from EU Directives and therefore similar legislation exists in all European countries. If your business operates from or sells goods to another European country, you may have to register, report sales and take back waste there too - similar to your obligations in the UK.