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Packaging Regulations

Information for businesses on the Waste Management Packaging Regulations 2014.

The Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations 2014 promote the recovery of specified packaging waste. The Regulations impose obligations on all producers, including manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers, who in the course of business supply packaging to the Irish market.

The Regulations came into effect on 21 June 2014 and replaced all preceding packaging regulations.

The Waste Management Packaging 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 European Parliament and Council Directive 2004/12/EC5 of 11 February 2004 and Commission Directive 2013/2/EU6 of 7 February 2013.

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. Producers with a turnover of €1 million that place 10 tonnes of packaging on to the market (major producer) are further obligated to either join Repak or register with Wicklow County Council (self comply).