Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Even if the packaging regulations do not apply to you, it is a good idea to reduce, reuse and recycle packaging. This can save your business money and reduce your waste disposal costs.
Create guidelines for packaging for your staff to follow when buying goods for your business.
Buy goods in bulk to reduce packaging. For example:
You could also:
If you sell packaging, tell your customers about the return, recovery and collection facilities available to them.
Use recyclable or biodegradable materials to package your products.
The NIEA has produced a guidance that explains the reuse of materials, and when waste legislation does not apply.
SEPA has produced guidance on how the waste regulations apply to reuse of goods.
Reduce, reuse and recycle your packaging waste. Separate different types of packaging for recycling - this should reduce your recycling costs.
Cover any waste packaging stored in skips to prevent pollution and to minimise wind-blown dust and litter.
If packaging is intended for reuse, make sure you have documented the systems for supply, return, reuse and refill.
If there is a risk that the packaging could have been contaminated during its use, you must ensure it is kept dry and that any run-off doesn't pollute water or land. Ensure your site drainage system is connected to the sewer system.
Buy a compactor or baler, which crushes packaging into blocks. This will allow you to transport larger volumes of packaging, which will reduce your recycling or disposal costs.
Packaging: reduce, reuse and recycle
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