Switching schemes for your 2017 packaging compliance – what you need to know

It's that time of year again when producers can change scheme for their compliance next year.

Contract break dates for packaging compliance are usually around the end of September. Changing your compliance scheme might feel like an arduous task, but we work with many obligated producers every year to make the change seamless and easy. 

Here are the most common questions and queries that I regularly face from producers considering a switch to Ecosurety. 

“We pay the invoice – but the story behind the cost of our compliance is a mystery.”

Many fear the volatility of the evidence market across all three regulations. We pride ourselves on transparency. This comes in a variety of ways including regular contact by phone, free training webinars, quarterly face-to-face visits and our new PRN transparency initiative, Circularety.

From the smallest to the largest producers we understand that PRN costs have a big knock-on effect on your budget for the year. With this in mind, we ensure that every member is aware of where the numbers on their invoice have come from and where their spend actually goes.

“We had to pay a late fee to the Environment Agency for missing the data deadline, can you help us avoid this happening again?”  

In our eyes, communication is key. We regularly update our members on the deadlines they need to meet, but we understand this can be difficult if something urgent has come up in your office unexpectedly! That’s why we offer assistance to help all our members register on time, with record numbers hitting the deadline this year.

We appreciate that the compliance data submission is often not top of your list and we want to be used as a source of help, rather just than a compliance scheme you have to register with. This help can come in a variety of ways such as compiling that dreaded data form for you, contacting your suppliers or even visiting your premises to unpack and weigh your product’s packaging to improve the accuracy of your data – no one wants to be paying more than they need to after all.

“I’m happy with my PRN costs and our submission is fairly straightforward. Why would I want to change schemes?”

Here at Ecosurety we pride ourselves on going above and beyond compliance. Our principle job is to make sure you’re compliant and submit your data on time to avoid those late fees from the EA.

However, if there is anything in particular that you would like to explore further – we’re always on hand to help. With new initiatives to help shake up the PRN market for the benefit of producers and reprocessors, you can rest assured that we are working hard to help you get the most out of your compliance.

It’s not all about the regulations either. Our various CSR initiatives have helped to educate the next generation of Planet Protectors and enable thousands of commuters to share their journeys to work with joinmyjourney – indeed if you think your organisation should be benefiting from journey sharing too, please let us know!

“I’ve never really understood our packaging compliance – it is just a headache!”

The packaging submission is seen as an annual burden for many producers and we are aware that the methodology of collecting and submitting your data to a compliance scheme can easily be forgotten.

To help with this we provide our members with a refresher on the regulations and regular market updates that explain the influences on your compliance costs. We do this in a variety of fun and informative ways from online meetings to 30 minute webinars or even a day out with ecosurety at one of our seminars around the UK with guest speakers.

And it’s not just UK legislation that we can help with. Do you sell to end-users outside of the UK? You may have an obligation in those countries too. Fear not, as we offer support for that too with help from our international compliance team.

What next?

If you think your packaging compliance should be easier or you’re less than impressed with your current scheme, please don’t hesitate to speak to our team to find out how we can help you switch. Simply call us on 0845 094 2228 to find out more.

Alice Flavin

Head of Business Development

As Business Development Lead at Ecosurety, Alice oversees the business development team with a core focus on sustainable growth working with prospective clients and identifying key areas of opportunity to support brands and retailers with their compliance requirements and driving better quality, efficiencies and strategic insights with their packaging data.

Written by Alice Flavin Published 13/09/2016 Topics Compliance

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