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Packaging Waste

The Waste Management Packaging Regulations were first introduced in 1997, and are subject to amendment from time to time. The main purpose of the Regulations is to assist Ireland achieve national packaging recovery targets set under EU Directive 94/62/EC.

The European Union (Packaging) Regulations, 2014 came into effect on 21 June 2014. They place obligations on companies (Producers) that place packaging, packaging material or packaged products on the Irish market. All Producers must segregate their packaging waste arising on site into specified waste streams and ensure that it is recycled or recovered by an authorised waste contractor. Producers with a turnover of more than €1m that place more than 10 tonnes per annum of packaging on to the home market (Major Producer) are further obligated to either join Repak or register with their Local Authority (Self Compliance).

Companies Registered as Self Compliers with Tipperary County Council:
At present (December 2015) there are 3 businesses registered as major producers opting for self compliance with Tipperary County Council under the Packaging Regulations:

Barware Enterprises Ltd; Rock Industrial Estate, Camas Road, Cashel, Co. Tipperary:
Paper / Card-board; Plastic Wrap / Plastic; Glass; Wood

Corman Miloko Ireland Ltd. Deerpark, Carrick-On-Suir, Co. Tipperary:
Paper / Card-board; Plastic Wrap / Plastic; Aluminium; Wood

M & M Walshe Ltd. t/a Rib World; Killenaule Road, Fethard, Co. Tipperary:
Paper / Card-board; Plastic Wrap / Plastic; Wood;

These businesses are obliged to accept packaging waste similar to that in which they place on the Irish market. The packaging materials that can be accepted by the self-compliers is listed in the above table.

Note members of the public must segregate their waste and ensure that it is clean and in suitable condition for recycling/recovery

REPAK’s Packaging Waste Prevention Programme aims to assist Irish businesses with positive and practical ways to reduce packaging and to promote those achievements to a wider audience.
Recycle More is the Irish resource for recycling information and recycling tips are available here.

Useful information on packaging and packaging waste for both business and the public is available at the following web sites:

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Are there consequences of not packaging waste properly?

Yes. Each local authority is responsible for the enforcement of these Regulations.

A person guilty of an offence under Sections 18, 28, 29, 32, 34, 36 or 39 of the Waste Management Act 1996, as amended, for the contravention of a regulation made under this named Section is liable: (a) on summary conviction, to a Class B fine (i.e. up to €4,000.00) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both, or, (b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding €15,000,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or both.

What is the purpose of the Packaging Waste Regulations?

The Packaging Waste Regulations were first introduced in 1997. The main purpose of the Regulations is to assist Ireland achieve national packaging recovery targets set under EU Directive 94/62/EC as amended by Directives 2004/12/EC and 2013/2/EU.

What is packaging?

Packaging is any material that packages any item sold on the market and includes cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, wood, aluminium, steel, etc. It includes packaging that comes with a product or which is put on separately for handling, transport, promotion, protection, marketing and sales purposes.

Who is obligated under the Packaging Regulations?

The Packaging Waste Regulations place obligations on persons, companies or partnerships (i.e. ‘Producers’) that, in the course of business, place packaging, packaging material or packaged products on the Irish market.

Producers include shops, supermarkets, retailers, pubs, manufacturers, importers, fast food outlets, etc.

What must Producers do under the Packaging Regulations?

All producers must segregate their packaging waste arising on site into specified waste streams and ensure that it is recycled or recovered by an authorised waste contractor.
Producers must not contaminate packaging waste.

All producers must not supply packaging unless the packaging complies with the requirements of the ‘Essential Requirements’, set out in the Regulations.

Producers with a turnover of more than €1million that place 10 tonnes per annum of packaging on to the Irish market (known as a ‘Major Producer’) are obligated to participate in a recovery scheme operated by an approved body (i.e. join REPAK) or to register with their Local Authority (Self Compliance).

REPAK’s Packaging Waste Prevention Programme aims to assist Irish businesses with positive and practical ways to reduce packaging and to promote those achievements to a wider audience. More information is available on www.preventandsave.ie/About_Us.html

Who are the major producers of Packaging in Tipperary?

Please see REPAK web site (www.repak.ie/members_list.html) for a list of major producers who are exempt from partaking in self compliance with the Local Authority as long as they are registered REPAK members.
These companies are not obliged to accept packaging waste similar to that which they place on the Irish market, as long as they remain REPAK members.

Who are the major producers of packaging that are Self Complying in Tipperary?

There are 3 businesses presently registered as Major Producers opting for self-compliance with Tipperary County Council under the Packaging regulations (Last updated December 2015):

Company/Premises

Address

Paper / Card-board

Plastic Wrap / Plastic

Glass

Steel

Alu-minium

Wood

Com-posite

Barware Enterprises Ltd

Rock Industrial Estate, Camas Road, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

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Corman Miloko Ireland Ltd.

Deerpark, Carrick-On-Suir, Co. Tipperary

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M & M Walshe Ltd. t/a Rib World

Carrigeen Ind. Est., Fethard Road, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

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These companies are only obliged to accept packaging waste similar to that which they place on the Irish market. Also they do not have to accept contaminated packaging waste.

Note: Members of the public must segregate their waste and ensure that it is clean and in suitable condition for recycling / recovery at each of these self complying premises.

In relation to packaging waste what are the ‘Essential Requirements’?

The ‘Essential Requirements’ have been designed specifically to reduce the environmental impact of packaging and to avoid over-packaging. Packaging weight and volume should be minimised to the amount needed for safety, hygiene and acceptance of the packed product. Packaging must be recoverable and be suitable for recycling, energy recovery, composting, or reuse if designed for reuse. Levels of specified noxious materials must not exceed 100 parts per million and should have minimum impact on the environment at end of life after recycling or energy recovery.

What must a Major Producer of packaging waste who is self-complying with a Local Authority do?

  • Once obligated, apply to the Local Authority for registration and renew such registration not later than the 31st January each following year.
    The registration forms are available online at www.tipperarycoco.ie/environment
  1. FRM 0074 03 Packaging Self Complier INITIAL Application
  2. FRM 0075 03 Packaging Self Complier RENEWAL Application
  • Display a notice at each entrance to a supplying premises stating that packaging waste of the type placed on the market by the producer, will be accepted free of charge for the purpose of recovery.
  • Provide adequate facilities at each supplying premises for the acceptance, segregation and storage of packaging waste. These facilities will be advertised to customers.
  • Accept or collect from any person (free of charge), at each supplying premises, packaging waste of the type or brand supplied by the producer.
  • Ensure packaging waste accepted/collected is either transferred to a producer of packaging or is made available for recovery.
  • A major producer, who is an importer of packaged goods or a packer/filler, must accept or collect not less than 60% by weight of the packaging imported/pack-filled by that producer in the previous quarter.
  • Prepare a plan specifying the steps to be taken to comply with the regulations.
  • Applications for registration/renewal of registration are required for each premises separately. (Application forms are available on request and a fee of €15.00 per tonne or a minimum fee of €500.00 and maximum of €15,000.00 per application will apply).
  • Compile and submit quarterly reports to Tipperary County Council on the weight of packaging and packaging waste received, supplied, accepted, recovered and disposed of. Compile and submit annual reports and 3-year implementation plans to the Local Authority. Such information is to be retained for 3 years.
  • Advertise twice yearly (March and September) in a local newspaper your take back obligations.

Note: Producers who are certified members of REPAK are exempt from the above responsibilities

What does the Local Authority do under the Packaging Regulations?

Local Authorities are responsible for registration, monitoring, auditing, inspecting, reporting and enforcing these Regulations.

Local Authorities can issue a Certificate of Registration or refuse an application for renewal of registration as a self-complying major producer under Article 13 of the European Union (Packaging) Regulations 2014.

Local Authorities can issue a producer (both major and non-major) with a Notice, under Article 25 of the Regulations, requiring the submission of a Packaging Report, compiled by an approved person, within a stated time frame.

What must I do with my packaging waste?

Once you have segregated your packaging waste you may either:

  • Present it in your mixed dry recycling bin for collection by an authorised collector,
  • Bring the segregated packaging waste to an authorised facility, such as a civic amenity site, or
  • Bring it to a self-complying major producer.

Note: if a person brings waste to an authorised waste facility all reasonable steps shall be taken to (i) minimise the creation of odours and nuisance, (ii) ensure it is suitable (clean, dry and uncontaminated) for recycling / recovery, and, (iii) it complies with a major producers obligations, e.g. if glass is not placed on the market by a major producer then the major producer is not obliged to accept it for recycling / recovery.

What can I put into my mixed dry recycling bin?

Clean uncontaminated dry recyclables such as Paper, Cardboard, Food and Drink Cans, Cartons, Plastic, Plastic Bottles, etc.

Note: Householders should contact their collector to ascertain what exactly they place in their mixed dry recycling bin.

Glass can be brought to and placed in dedicated bottle banks.

You must not deposit clean and uncontaminated packaging in the residual waste collection bin.

You must not deposit Food Waste, Glass, Timber, Residual Waste, WEEE, or Hazardous Waste such as Batteries, etc. in the mixed dry recyclable waste collection bin.

What are the benefits of separating my Packaging waste?

There are significant environmental and economic benefits associated with recycling. Recycling helps create jobs, can be more cost effective than waste collection, reduces the need for new landfills, saves energy, supplies valuable raw materials to industry, and adds to the economy.

Packaging waste is actually a resource; it can be re-used, recycled and recovered. All this will help create and secure jobs, help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and improve our carbon footprint and assist in Ireland’s promotion as a green economy.

What happens to my dry recyclable waste?

When your collector empties your mixed dry recycling bin into the bin truck this is taken to an authorised treatment facility for processing, such as sorting and compacting (baling). Most packaging waste is now considered a resource. This type of waste can be processed at a materials recovery facility to separate it into single waste streams. It is usually compacted into bales prior to transfer for recycling / recovery.

I suspect my collector is putting my mixed dry recyclable waste into the same truck compartment as my residual bin, what should I do?

Packaging waste collected for recycling / recovery shall not be disposed of.

Some collection trucks may have dual compartments which mean they can collect two types of wastes simultaneously, however, if you have any concerns that source segregated waste is being re-mixed on collection please contact our Environment Section and our enforcement officers will investigate at customerservices@tipperarycoco.ie or on 0761 06 5000.

How can I reduce my Packaging Waste?

For some recycling tips please see www.recyclemore.ie/recycling-tips

I have a query about the Packaging Waste Regulations, who do I contact?

Any queries in relation to the Regulations should be addressed to Environment Section at customerservices@tipperarycoco.ie or on 0761 06 5000.