Industrial rolls for paper, plastic and aluminium now covered by Packaging Directive


The UK Government has announced changes to its implementation of the EU Packaging Directive that has dragged new items into the regime.

Previously exempt products must now be reported as packaging. These items are:

  • Industrial rolls, tubes and cylinders around which flexible material (eg plastic film, aluminium, paper) is wound.
  • Safety matchboxes
  • Refillable steel cylinders used for various kinds of gas.


In the case of industrial rolls, tubes and cylinders, the Agencies now consider these packaging when they are passed to the next stage in the packaging chain or the end user.

From 1 October 2013, companies now have to record the tonnage of these materials up to 31 December 2013 and for subsequent years.