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Welcome to the National Packaging Waste Database

Advisory Committee on Packaging

Details of the new Advisory Committee on Packaging can be found here.


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.

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

The consultation will close on 22 February 2015.


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The Regulatory Position Statement 169 on Glass recycling targets will now be withdrawn.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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