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Waste Management: Packaging Waste

Waste Management Packaging Regulations 2007

The Waste Management  (Packaging) Regulations 2007 which came into effect on the 31st March 2008. These replace all previous Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations.

The Regulations apply to all businesses which sell or supply to others on the Irish Market packaging material or packaged products e.g. retailers of electrical goods, supermarkets, hardware shops, pharmacies, fast food outlets, pubs, hotels, manufacturers, wholesalers, importers and distributors.

The Waste Management Packaging Regulations were first introduced in 1997.  The main purpose of the Regulations is to assist Ireland achieve national packaging recovery targets set under EU Directive 94/62/EC.  To-date all recovery targets set by the EU have been achieved, however we are now required to achieve a new target of 60% recovery of all packaging waste by December 2011.

The Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations, 2007 came into effect on 31 March 2008. They place obligations on companies (Producers) that place packaging, packaging material or packaged products on the Irish market.  All Producers must segregate their packaging waste arising on site into specified waste streams and ensure that it is recycled or recovered.  Producers with a turnover of  €1m that place 10 tonnes of packaging on to the market (Major Producer) are further obligated to either join Repak or register with their Local Authority (Self Comply). 

For further information please see the Information Brochure below.

Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations 2007

Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations Information Brochure 2007

Registration Application Form for Major Producers 2007

Renewal of Registration Application Form for Major Producers 2007


A list of private consultants that carry out audits to determine tonnages of packaging waste arising from businesses is available by contacting the Environment Section of Mayo County Council. Consultants who wish to be on this list should contact the Environment Enforcement Office of Mayo County Council.

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