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Contamination can no longer be used for PERN


A change has been made to the guidance on Packaging Export Recovery Notes (PERNs) that means contamination of loads cannot be included.

The Environment Agency has clarified the guidance on Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) and has included the requirement that a PERN can only be issued on UK-sourced packaging.

The guidance says:

“You can issue ePRNs or ePERNs on all UK-sourced packaging waste received for recovery or exported for reprocessing during your accreditation period.

“You should never issue ePRNs or ePERNs twice for the same waste packaging, for example, if you receive packaging waste but pass it on to another accredited site for reprocessing or export you must make sure you don’t issue ePRNs/ePERNs on that waste.

“Packaging waste doesn’t include:

  • Non-UK sourced packaging which became waste outside the UK
  • Contamination within the waste and non-packaging waste (you must be able to prove this and comply with the Waste Shipment Regulation if you’re an exporter)
  • Packaging offcuts (material that was never turned into packaging)
  • On end of waste loads that you will further process.

“This information must be available for auditing and may involve checks on your suppliers.”

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/packaging-waste-apply-to-be-an-accredited-reprocessor-or-exporter