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Welcome to the National Packaging Waste Database

Plastic and Glass Packaging Recycling Targets Consultation

Defra has launched a consultation to amend plastic packaging recycling targets for 2016 and 2017. It would also set new targets for plastic and glass packaging for 2018 to 2020. For full details please select this link.


NPWD Unavailable

NPWD service unavailable Wednesday 9 December 2015 between 17:40hrs and 18:40hrs.

What is happening?

In order to carry out essential maintenance to the data, the NPWD system will not be available between 17:40 and 18:40hrs on 9 December 2015.

How it affects you:

You will not be able to login or use the system during these times.


Aluminium packaging recycling statement (published 21 August 2015)

Please see link for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs statement on the Aluminium packaging recycling targets.


Definition of Hand-carriable is revised following consultation on amendments to the Government Guidance on the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009

Following consultation to amend the Government Guidance on the Waste Batteries Regulations 2009, Defra has agreed that the interpretation of ‘can be hand-carried by an average natural person without difficulty’ will be revised.

A portable battery must be capable of being hand-carried by the average person without difficulty. Currently a battery weighing less than 4kg will be classed as portable and a battery over 10kg will be classed as industrial. For batteries between these weights, the battery could be portable or industrial depending on the characteristics of the specific battery.  

This 4-10kg ‘grey area’ will be removed. Instead, any battery weighing 4kg or below will be portable, and any battery over 4kg will be industrial.

This change only applies to the interpretation of hand-carriability. A battery under 4kg may still be industrial if it is designed exclusively for industrial use.

This change will be implemented from 1st January 2016.


Advisory Committee on Packaging

Please see the link on the left for details of the new Advisory Committee on Packaging.


Consultation on amendments to the Government Guidance on the Waste Batteries and Accumulators  Regulations 2009

Defra have published a consultation to amend the Waste Batteries Regulations guidance. The consultation and supporting documents can be found here:


The proposed amendment will provide a clearer framework to help interpretation of whether a battery “can be hand-carried by an average person without difficulty”. It will remove the 4kg -10kg “grey area” and state a clear weight limit to determine whether a battery can be “hand carried” and is therefore a portable battery.

The consultation closed on 22 February 2015

Enquiries can be sent to: packaging@defra.gsi.gov.uk.

Further information and details of the outcome of the consultation will be published here:




Packaging Waste Glass Recycling Targets

The revised glass recycling targets for 2014 to 2017 announced in March 2014 have been formalised with the publication of The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 No. 2890 to legislation.gov.uk: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/id/uksi/2014/2890.

The Regulatory Position Statement 169 on Glass recycling targets has now been withdrawn.


The Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) Conference - The PRN system

The Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) held a Special Conference for obligated packaging producers on Tuesday 15th April 2014 in London to provide information about how the Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) system works. The objective of the conference was to revisit the purpose of the PRN system to refresh producers understanding, explore how PRN revenues are used, and explain why there is variability in the price of PRNs.

The Conference was chaired by Bob Lisney (ACP Chair) and speakers included Adrian Hawkes (Valpak) and Chris Gove (Environment Agency) with updates provided by Defra. A special thank you to Steve Gough (Valpak) and Paul Van Danzig (Wastepack) who also helped to organise the Conference which was well attended with around a hundred people attending.  Copies of the slides are available from the links below. 

A similar event is planned to be held in Scotland.


PRN System

Regulatory Landscape

Role of ACP

Producer Responsibility Review

Useful websites


New WEEE functionality added to NPWD

Producers of EEE that fall under the 5 Tonne de minimis will be able to register directly on NPWD with the relevant Agency for the 2014 compliance period from 1 January 2014.



Proposed Amendments to the Guidance on Batteries Regulations


Further to Government's consultation on proposed changes to Government Guidance on the Waste Batteries and Accumulators which closed on 10 September 2013, it was bought to Defra's attention that there was an error in the supporting data. Taking into account the consultation responses received thus far, Defra are in the process of revising the consultation document and costs analysis on the proposed changes to the definition of a “portable” battery. Subject to government processes, they plan to consult again near in spring 2014. Industry should continue to use the current guidance on the definition of a “portable” battery.

The following statement confirms BIS's intention to amend the Government Guidance to clarify the definition of a “vehicle” and align the examples of “electric vehicles” with the list provided in the recitals of the EU Directive on Waste Batteries and Accumulators.

Statement on the terms “vehicle” and “electric vehicle”

Industry should use this amended guidance on the definition of “vehicle” and examples of “electric vehicle” from 1 January 2014.


The National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) is a web-based database supported by the Environment Agency,  the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Northern Ireland Environment Protection Agency,  the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,  the Advisory Committee on Packaging, companies obligated by the packaging and battery regulations, reprocessors, exporters and compliance schemes.

NPWD Support – how to get further help

For business and regulatory queries call -

  • In England and Wales: 03708 506 506
  • In Scotland: 01786 457700 – Producer Compliance and Waste Shipments Unit
  • In Northern Ireland: 028 9056 9338

For technical queries or questions on how to use NPWD and for reporting problems phone 03708 506506.

The Development of NPWD

NPWD has been rolled out in a number of phases. Phase one went live on 1 April 2006 and allowed the online submission of quarterly returns by reprocessors and exporters. Phase two went live on the 1 February 2007 and allowed compliance schemes and direct registrants to register with us online. A further major development was in September 2007 which allowed reprocessors and exporters to apply for accreditation online . In spring 2008 extra functionality on monitoring of free-riders was added. 

Significant investment took place during 2009 in order to add modules to support the new batteries regulatory regime.  This included an on-line payment link for small battery producers as well as registration and approval for those companies affected by the regulations. 

NPWD provides the following functionality:

·         on-line registration for producers registering directly with an agency

·         on-line registration for compliance schemes

·         on-line accreditation of packaging reprocessors and exporters

·         on-line approval of batteries treatment operators and exporters

·         issuing of 'Electronic Packaging Waste Recovery Notes' (ePRNs) and 'Electronic Packaging Waste Export Recovery Notes' (ePERNs)

·         issuing of batteries evidence notes

·         on-line submission of quarterly returns by schemes, treatment operators, reprocessors and exporters

·         electronic statements and certificates of compliance

·         compliance monitoring of producers, schemes, reprocessors and exporters by the Agencies

·         free-rider monitoring

·         public registers and reports.


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