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Packaging Regulations

Disclaimer: The information contained in the guide below is intended to facilitate your understanding of the main provisions of the European Union (Packaging) Regulations 2014 and does not purport to be a legal interpretation of same.

The European Union (Packaging) Regulations 2014 promote the recovery of specified packaging waste. The Regulations impose obligations on all producers, including manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers, who in the course of business supply packaging to the Irish market.

These Regulations came into effect on the 20th June 2014 and replaced all the preceding Packaging Regulations.


How do the Regulations affect my Business?

The Regulations impose obligations on all producers who in the course of their business supply packaging to the Irish market. All producers of packaging are obliged to separate it at source into specific waste streams (aluminium, fibreboard, glass, paper, plastic sheeting, steel and wood) and to arrange for its recovery, or return the used packaging to the supplier, if applicable.

What is meant by the term "supply" in relation to packaging material, packaging and packaged products?

"Supply" means providing packaging material, packaging or, as appropriate, packaged products in the course of business, or in exchange for any consideration including money, or giving as a prize or otherwise making a gift, and packaging removed from a product by or on behalf of the producer either at the point of sale or immediately preceding the point of sale or at the point of delivery or immediately preceding the point of delivery shall be deemed to be supplied accordingly.

The Regulations place obligations on "producers" and "major producers" of packaging.

What is meant by the term "Producer" of Packaging?

A producer is a person who in the course of business supplies packaging material to the Irish market.
A producer is required to segregate waste on-site for recycling / recovery purposes.

I do not produce or make anything therefore I am not a "producer" of packaging

A producer is a person who in the course of business supplies packaging material to the Irish market.
A producer is required to segregate waste on-site for recycling / recovery purposes.

What is meant by the term "Major Producer" of Packaging Waste? I do not produce or make anything therefore I am not "producer" of packaging

Your company is a "major producer" of packaging if you had a turnover of more than €1m in the preceding calendar year, based on audited accounts, and you supply more than 10 tonnes of packaging on the Irish market per annum.

Additional obligations are placed on major producers including the requirement to either register with Cork City Council or with the compliance scheme Repak.

I do not know the volume of Waste Packaging which my Business supplies. What must I do?

You will need to have an audit carried out to accurately measure the weight of packaging supplied. The audit must be carried out by a "competent" person.

 A competent person may be one of the following:

1. An independent person engaged by the company to ensure compliance with their statutory obligations under the regulations (i.e. an external environmental consultant).

2. A qualified auditor i.e. a professional accountant who is qualified to carry out an independent examination of a company's records and / or financial accounts.

3. A Director of the company (if a registered company).

4. The Manager of the company (if not a registered company.

Cork City Council has pre-approved the following list of Competent Persons (click on link below):

List of Approved Competent Persons for the Preparation of Packaging Reports

Should you wish to nominate/engage a Competent Person for the preparation of the packaging report outside of this list, please contact the Waste Enforcement Section, Cork City Council in advance for written approval of same.

Remember: this issue is only relevant if your turnover was more than €1m in the preceding calendar year.

I am a Major Producer. What are my options?

You can become a "Self-Complier" by registering with Cork City Council, if your premise is within its administrative area.


You can join the compliance scheme Repak.

The requirements placed on Self-Compliers are listed below. You must:

- Register each year with Cork City Council in respect of each premise (which is located in Cork City Council's functional   area).
- Pay an annual fee of €15 per tonne of packaging waste supplied. There is a minimum fee of €500 and a maximum fee   of €15,000.
- Provide adequate facilities for the public, free of charge, for the acceptance, segregation and storage of packaging   waste at your premises.
- Display a notice at each entrance advertising take-back facilities.
- Prepare a Three Year Implementation Plan specifying the steps to be taken to comply with the regulations.
- Advertise take-back facilities in newspapers twice yearly.
- Submit quarterly reports on packaging received, supplied and recovered.
- Submission of an Annual Report each year reporting on packaging received, supplied and recovered over the previous   twelve months.
- Make the above plans / reports available to the public on request.
- Arrange for the collection of packaging on request to anyone whom the major producer supplies.
- Importers, pack-fillers are obliged to accept / collect specified weights of packaging each quarter.

Repak is an approved body under the Regulations. If you choose to become a Repak member, you will be required to pay an annual fee. In return, you will be discharged from the obligations placed on self-compliers, including the requirement to take back packaging waste. Contact details for Repak are provided below:

Address: Repak Ltd., Redcow Interchange Estate, 1 Ballymount Road, Dublin 22.
Telephone: 01/ 4670190: Fax: 01/4670197

I am not a Major Producer. What must I do?

You must provide evidence to Cork City Council to support your claim. Examples include:

1. A copy of your audited accounts for the preceding year or a statement from your accountant confirming your turnover for the previous year.

2. A report from a Packaging Audit carried out by a competent person showing that you supplied 10 tonnes or less to the market. There are four categories of "competent" persons as explained in the previous Question "I do not know the volume of Waste Packaging which my Business supplies. What must I do"?

(Remember: You do not need to undertake a Packaging Audit if you can demonstrate that your turnover in the preceding calendar year was €1m or less).

My registered company owns multiple premises. Is each one considered separately?

The premises are taken together in determining turnover and weights of packaging. Totals are cumulative. Where turnover is greater than €1m and packaging produced is more than 10 tonnes, the company is a major producer and as such must either register with all the relevant local authorities or join Repak.

Essential requirements for all producers of packaging
Under these Regulations, all producers must not supply packaging unless the packaging complies with the requirements of the "Essential Requirements".

The "Essential Requirements" have been designed specifically to reduce the environmental impact of packaging and to avoid over-packaging:
- Packaging weight and volume should be minimised to the amount needed for safety, hygiene and acceptance of the packed product.
- Packaging must be recoverable and be suitable for recycling, energy recovery, composting, or reuse if designed for reuse.                                                                                                                                                                           - Levels of specified noxious materials must not exceed 100 parts per million and should have minimum impact on the environment at end of life after    recycling or energy recovery.

Refer to the Fourth Schedule of the Regulations for more information on the essential requirements.

What happens if I do not comply with the Regulations?

Failure to comply with these Regulations is an offence and can result in a fine and / or prosecution. A person found guilty of an offence shall be liable to:

- On summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €4,000 and / or imprisonment of up 12 months.

- On conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding €15,000,000 and / or imprisonment for up to 10 years.

Where can I get a copy of these Regulations?

A copy of the European Union (Packaging) Regulations 2014 can be obtained from

What is the role of Cork City Council?

Cork City Council is responsible for enforcing the legislation within its functional area and must ensure that every business is in full compliance. It has general powers to inspect all business premises and other powers such as the power to request any relevant documentation or a Packaging Report.

For the most up-to-date registration forms or further information on your obligations under these Regulations please contact Tony T. O’Sullivan, Waste Enforcement Section, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork at 021 4924385 or

List of Approved Competent Persons for the Preparation of Packaging Reports under the European Union (Packaging) Regulations, 2014 

  • Advanced Engineering Solutions, Carrowreagh House, Castletown, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Tel: 057 8756679
  • Atkins, Unit 2B, 2200, CorkAirportBusinessPark, Cork. Tel: 021 4290300
  • Clearview Environmental Services Limited, Ardtigallivan, Headford, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Tel: 064 54828
  • Environmental Efficiency, Consulting Engineers, Parnell House, 19 Quinsboro Road, Bray. Tel: 01 2761428
  • Greenstreets Environmental Resources Limited, U25, GEC, Taylor’s Lane, Dublin 8. Tel: 01 4100618
  • IFQC Limited, Head Office, Rivercourt Business Centre, Riverlane, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tel: 042 9320912.
  • Malachy Walsh & Partners, Consulting Engineers, Reen Point, Blennerville, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Tel: 066 7123404.
  • Q.E.D. Engineering Limited, Consulting Engineers, M-TekBuilding 2, Armagh Road, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan. Tel: 047 72060
  • RPS Group, Innishmore, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. Tel: 021 4870200
  • White Young Green Consulting Limited, Unit 2, University Technology Centre, Curraheen Road, Cork. Tel: 021 4933200

Please note this list may be added to from time to time. Producers may also nominate another “competent person” to prepare packaging reports, which would be subject to the approval of Cork City Council.

Please contact Tony O’Sullivan, Executive Engineer (Environment & Recreation Directorate) at Tel: 021 4924735 for more details or advice.