B7.3.1.2 Packaging Waste continued (2)


Allocation Method

If you have a turnover of between £2 million and £5 million each year you can comply with the Producer Responsibility Obligations by following the allocation method. Your recycling and recovery obligations are based on your turnover alone (instead of having to collect information about the amount of packaging you handle).

This is a voluntary method. If you choose to use the allocation method, you must follow it for at least three years. If your turnover exceeds £5 million a year in this period you must join a compliance scheme or follow the individual route.

The requirements under the Allocation Method are:

  • Order a registration pack from your environmental regulator.
  • Contact your environmental regulator.
  • Show evidence of your turnover to your environmental regulator.
  • Register with your environmental regulator or join a compliance scheme. You will pay a reduced registration fee.
  • Calculate your recycling obligation from your turnover. Use the table in the registration pack.
  • Recover and recycle the main packaging material that you handle.
  • Provide evidence that you have met the recovery and recycling targets through either packaging waste recovery notes (ePRNs) or packaging waste export recovery notes (ePERNs).


Future Developments

You do not need detailed knowledge of legislation for the exam.

Please note that due to the IEMA ending the course, this section is no longer being up-dated.


The Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014/2890) have now been issued. These Regulations amend the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/871) (the 2007 Regulations, which implement Article 6(1) of Council Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste as amended by Directive 2004/12/EC. They confirm the recycling by re-melt targets for glass.