Why Join Repak
Irish and EU legislation requires that producers who generate packaging material or packaged products should bear the responsibility to ensure that the packaging is recycled. This is referred to as the ‘producer responsibility’ principle.
The Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations 1997 – 2007 defines the responsibilities on producers, and sets out certain thresholds for those who are obligated. Essentially, these are packaging manufacturers, convertors, brandholders, retailers and distributors with certain levels of turnover. These are
- an annual turnover of €1 million or more; and
- supply packaging/packaged goods onto the Irish market exceeding 10 tonnes per annum.
How to comply
An obligated company can comply with the legislation, either by
- Joining Repak , a collective packaging compliance scheme licensed by the Irish Government or
- Become Self Compliant by paying and registering with a Local Authority
Repak is a not-for-profit company owned by its members. It is approved under licence by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to operate as a compliance scheme for packaging recovery. Established in 1997, it currently has more than 2,000 member companies
What If I Do Nothing?
Failure to comply with the Packaging Regulations could result in prosecution, leading to fines and / or imprisonment. Local Authorities are the enforcers of the Regulations and frequently take prosecutions against non-compliant companies.