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Consultation on the Consolidation of the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 (as amended)

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has published a consultation paper seeking views on draft Packaging Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016. The draft regulations mirror those proposed for the rest of the UK and are designed to ensure consistency for businesses operating in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

What are the proposals?

The proposed approach does not introduce any new policies but will reduce the complexity of the legislation (e.g. by deferring procedural detail to the Schedules) and make it more accessible with just one statutory rule. The draft regulations consolidate a total of 9 statutory rules from 2007 to date and are formatted to read quite differently from the previous regulations. A correlation table has been provided so as to assist with a comparison of the existing and proposed draft regulations.

The draft regulations also include amendments to the plastic and glass packaging targets.


The Department intends to make the consolidated regulations during the second half of 2016 with a view to them coming into operation before the end of 2016.

The consultation period closes on the 26 August 2016.

Further Information

You can read the consultation paper, the draft regulations and accompanying documents on the DAERA website

DAERA: Consultation on the Packaging Waste Regulations Northern Ireland 2016

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