Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
To comply with packaging and packaging waste regulations, it is important that you know what is classed as packaging.
Packaging is anything used to contain, protect, handle, deliver or present raw materials and processed goods.
Packaging includes items being used to contain or wrap products that are to be sold or being sold, such as:
and also items being used to handle or support the products being sold or to be sold, such as:
Also considered as packaging are packaging components and auxiliary elements integrated into packaging or attached to a product and which perform a packaging function. Examples of this include the labels of products being sold, a mascara brush which forms part of the container closure and a device for measuring dosage which forms part of the container closure for detergents.
An item is not packaging if it is either:
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