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Packaging recycling obligations

Packaging recycling obligations apply to all companies with sufficiently high turnover who handle a certain amount of packaging each year, and require companies to demonstrate that they have recycled a proportion of that packaging. Companies comply by buying ‘packaging recovery notes (PRN)’ from reprocessing companies in the UK, or from companies exporting waste for recycling abroad.

This review will assess the effectiveness of the PRN scheme, including whether Government has had good oversight of the scheme’s performance against its objectives, and whether government has taken a robust approach to preventing fraud and non-compliance.

If you would like to provide evidence for our study please email the study team on enquiries@nao.gsi.gov.uk putting the study title in the subject line. The team will consider the evidence you provide; however, please note that due to the volume of information we receive we may not respond to you directly. If you need to raise a concern please use our contact form