Packaging waste tracked
London— A new system to
handle and disseminate information and data on packaging waste
is to be developed by the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP).
The National Packaging Waste
Database will be designed to help with the packaging waste recycling
and recovery regime, which place obligations on businesses to
put to better use some of the packaging that they deal with.
It will remove the need for businesses
to submit hard copy data to regulators and could eventually lead
to the use of electronic Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) and Packaging
Export Recovery Notes (PERNs).
Ultimately the new database will
help industry obtain the latest data in a more timely way, thereby
helping the packaging market to operate more effectively.
It is also expected to help combat
incidences of fraud by reprocessors and help identify so called
free-riders - businesses who avoid meeting their obligations under
Regulators are expected to benefit
from considerable administrative time savings, allowing them to
spend more time on enforcing the regulations.
The system will be designed and
implemented through a project team reporting to the ACP and on
completion will be owned and operated by regulators - the Environment
Agency, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and the Northern
Ireland Environment and Heritage Service.
It is expected that the reprocessor
module will be in operation this year and that the registration
module will be available for the 2007 registration process.