The SWA can provide practical advice, support and compliance material in several key areas, including:

  • Health & Safety Law
  • Food Hygiene Law and HACCP
  • Fire Safety Law
  • Anti-Money Laundering Responsibilities
  • Licensing Requirements
  • Waste Management and Recycling
  • Company Training Courses

We can help you by liaising on your behalf with enforcement officers and providing workable solutions for businesses to comply with the law.

Contact the SWA if you wish to discuss your requirements with us or have any queries. 

Package Waste Compliance

This Impacts on your Wholesale, Cash & Carry and Delivered Catering Business

Originally introduced in 1997, Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 works on the principle of 'Collective Producer Responsibility', requiring producers of packaging to take responsibility for their environmental impact.

Does this apply to me?

You become obligated if your business:

  • Has a turnover exceeding £2 million, and
  • Supplies (or imports) more than 50 tonnes of packaging each year.

If your business exceeds both thresholds you will be required to meet annual recycling targets related to the type and weight of packaging that you produce.

What do I need to do?

Obligated producers in Scotland are required to register, either directly through the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, or through one of the many approved Compliance Schemes in operation.

Is there a registration deadline?

All producers are required to register by April; deadlines vary slightly depending on which method you choose:

  • Direct Registrants should register with SEPA by April 7th;
  • Compliance Scheme registrants should register by April 15th

Which is better - Direct Registration or through a Compliance Scheme?

There are arguments for and against both, but suffice to say that there will be some work and cost involved, regardless of which you choose.

Registering through an approved Compliance Scheme means they take on the legal liability for their members; so if a firm fails to comply, the scheme is prosecuted - not the member.

Direct Registrants must submit a report with detailed information about packaging handled in the previous year, including material type, activities performed and the gross weight of each packaging type. Obligations exceeding 500 tonnes also require a detailed Operational Plan.

Which is more cost effective?

Direct Registration costs slightly more to register with the Agency - £776 per annum for a Full Producer, or £562 for a Small Producer (if your turnover is between £2m and £5m); there is however no Compliance Scheme membership cost.

Complying through a scheme costs £564 for Full Producers and £345 for Small Producers plus a membership fee, which varies by scheme; other costs may apply for subsidiaries. Producers should also be aware that the agencies charge fees for late registration and resubmission.

This seems like a lot of work - is there an easier way?

With more than 12 years' experience and 200 clients in UK and Ireland, Greenstreets has the experience and expertise to remove the headache of preparing your annual Packaging Waste returns.

Why not outsource this laborious work to our specialist team and you will have the peace of mind of knowing that your data will be submitted correctly and cost efficiently - regardless of whether you register directly or through a Compliance Scheme. 

Furthermore, as a Supplier Member of the Scottish Wholesale Association, Greenstreets is offering a special 15% introductory discount to members of the Association who sign up for our service during 2012.

How much will this service cost me?

All work undertaken is priced on a case-by case basis. Indeed, some SWA members, including William Yule and Son and Highland Spring,have already used our service and been pleasantly surprised by the price.

How do I find out more information?

If you would like to find out more this service, please email Michael O'Byrne at Greenstreets or log onto the company's website. You can also call +353 1 4100618.