Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If you recover, recycle or export packaging waste, you can apply for accreditation. This will allow you to issue electronic packaging waste recovery notes (ePRNs) and electronic packaging waste export recovery notes (ePERNs) to obligated businesses and compliance schemes.
ePRNs and ePERNs can be issued for each tonne of packaging waste reprocessed or exported for reprocessing. Businesses and compliance schemes obtain ePRNs or ePERNs to show that they have met their packaging recovery and recycling obligation. As an accredited reprocessor or exporter you can charge for this service.
You can apply for accreditation from:
using the National Packaging Waste Database. You will have to pay a fee to apply for accreditation. You will need to contact the NIEA or SEPA to get a login for the National Packaging Waste Database.
To apply for reprocessor accreditation you need to provide evidence of the:
To apply for exporter accreditation you need to provide evidence of the:
If you store, treat or dispose of packaging waste, you may need a waste management licence or to register an exemption from waste management licensing.
If you transport waste yourself, you will need to register with the NIEA or SEPA as a waste carrier. See our guide on waste carriers, brokers and dealers.
Read the guidance for Recycling and Reprocessing businesses on NetRegs
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