Subsidiary Legislation 549.43, the Waste Management (Packaging and Packaging Waste) Regulations as published by Legal Notice 277 of 2006 implements the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility for the management of packaging. S.L. 549.43 (Packaging Regulations) brings into effect the provisions of Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste, which primary aim is to achieve a high level of environmental protection and, on the other hand, to ensure the functioning of the internal European market by avoiding obstacles to trade and distortion and restriction of competition.

The Packaging Regulations supplement the provisions set out in the Waste Regulations by means of providing additional measures, procedures and guidance to all actors involved in the management of packaging and packaging waste, aiming as a first priority, at preventing the generation of packaging waste through better design and increased reuse, as well as at increasing recycling of packaging waste, thus minimising the final disposal of such waste.

In line with Directive 94/62/EC, the Packaging Regulations set ambitious recycling and recovery targets  for packaging waste and put the responsibility of the “waste phase” of packaging onto producers [Click here for the list of producers] .

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