Getting your packaging data ready for extended producer responsibility can be a tough task. But with a little planning and effort, you can collect the data you need to satisfy the requirements of the program. You’ll need to collect information such as the type and amount of materials used in your packaging, as well as the activity and waste generated during the production and distribution of your products. This is a great way to show the program that you’re taking responsibility for your packaging’s environmental effects.
Packaging activity data
Currently, if you are a packaging manufacturer you have to report on your packaging activities at least once a year. However, if you produce 25 tonnes or more of packaging per year you will soon be required to report on your packaging data at least every six months. In order to comply with this new requirement, you need to be aware of the new rules and how to collect your packaging activity data for extended producer responsibility.
A good place to start is the Defra guidance relating to the main materials and other items to report. There are several other pieces of information to consider as well. For example, it is possible to get a free PERS (packaging producer responsibility) certificate if you are a small company. This means that you will not have to buy PERS (Pure Energy Recovery Systems) or PRNs (Packaging Record Numbers). However, you will have to collect and report data about your packaging activities. The UK government has also issued some guidance on the types of data you should be collecting.
Packaging material and weight data
Keeping records of packaging materials and weights is an important part of maintaining a successful business. With the extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme looming over the UK, businesses must be ready to collect, store and report packaging data. However, the requirements for data collection vary depending on the size of the business. Here are the key steps to take to ensure you are ready to meet your EPR obligations.
The first step is to understand what packaging material and weight data you need to keep track of. Defra has published a set of guidance documents to help you. They explain the materials and weights you need to be aware of and how to take action. You will need to determine how much of each material you use in packaging and record this in kilograms.
Packaging type data
Whether you are a small organization or a large organization, you must now be planning for the packaging type data you will need to report for Extended Producer Responsibility. From 2023, you will need to report your packaging type data to your brand owner. Your business may have to collect national data as well, as some of the information you will need to report will be about where your packaging has been sold.
The data you need to report will depend on your size and turnover. If you are a small organization, you will only need to report the weight of your packaging, rather than breaking it down by waste type. If your business has a turnover of between PS1 million and PS2 million per year, you will be required to submit your data once a year.
Waste type data
Whether you are a small company or a multinational corporation, you need to be aware of the extended producer responsibility laws in your country. A number of governments are implementing EPR policies in order to support public recycling goals and promote sustainable product design. It is important to understand what EPR is, how it works, and what it costs.
EPR is a policy that requires producers to take responsibility for the lifecycle of products and to dispose of them at the end of their useful life. It is based on the “polluter pays” principle and incentivizes manufacturers to design products that are recyclable and environmentally friendly. It also reduces dependency on new raw materials.
Extended producer responsibility is a new policy being implemented in several countries across the globe, including Canada and the United States. Producers pay into the program and the funds are disbursed to municipal governments, which then use the money to buy advanced recycling technology.
What data do you need to collect
Several countries worldwide have adopted Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws and regulations. This concept makes manufacturers responsible for the whole lifecycle of their products, from manufacture to disposal. It also has the ability to promote product design for the environment and encourage recycling more waste into secondary resources. In addition, it can help countries reach their recycling goals.
An EPR scheme works by collecting a producer’s relevant volumes of different materials and then putting them through a recycling process. In some cases, a producer can cooperate with an NGO to fulfill this requirement. These organizations have forms that a producer can fill out. This data can be then entered into NGO reports. The same information can also be used by a producer to generate a business data report.