The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020

Jurisdiction: England

Commencement: 1st January 2021

Amends: Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007

Mini Summary

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 set annual business targets for the recycling of packaging waste and apply to all businesses that produce or use packaging. They place an obligation on such businesses to contribute towards the cost of recycling their packaging waste.


This amendment only applies in England. 
The current packaging waste recovery and recycling targets expire at the end of 2020. This amendment introduces new recycling targets for 2021 and 2022 and completely removes the obligation to meet recovery targets, with the intention of further increasing levels of recycling across industry.

To implement the new recycling targets and remove the obligation to meet recovery targets, changes have been made to the method for calculating recycling obligations in Schedule 2. These changes include;

  • increasing (from 30 to 35) the value given to “recycling allocation” in the equation used to determine the amount of packaging waste to be recycled by a small producer for the years 2021 and 2022; and
  • changing the material specific recycling targets for glass, paper, aluminium, steel and wood for the years 2021 and 2022.


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