Reporting packaging data under The Packaging Waste (Data Reporting) (Scotland) Regulations 2023

Packaging producer responsibility has changed to introduce extended producer responsibility requirements.

If you’re affected by the new extended producer responsibility for packaging, you will need to start collecting the correct packaging data in 2023 as required by The Packaging Waste (Data Reporting) (Scotland) Regulations 2023. You will need to start reporting this on the new Reporting Packaging Data (RPD) service.

You should note that the Department for Environment Food and Agriculture (DEFRA) will be processing the data required by the Regulations on SEPA’s behalf. For further information on how we process personal information, please see our Privacy Notice for the Reporting Packaging Data Service.

Data Reporting - SEPA Temporary Regulatory Position Statement (RPS)

SEPA has published a temporary regulatory position statement (RPS) on reporting regarding the first and second packaging data reports which are required to be reported to SEPA under The Packaging Waste (Data Reporting) (Scotland) Regulations 2023.

Provided large producers and operators of registered schemes comply with the full terms of the RPS, and in particular submit their first and second data reports (as separate reports) to SEPA by 31 May 2024, then SEPA will not normally treat any failure to comply with the regulatory packaging data reporting requirements in the Regulations, which are the subject of the RPS, as a non compliance.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs have released their own communications on data reporting under the regulations. You should note that notwithstanding the publication of the RPS, DEFRA would encourage obligated producers to use all reasonable endeavours to report packaging data by the current reporting dates of 1 October 2023 and 1 April 2024 wherever possible.

If you have any queries, then please email Producer.Responsibility@sepa.org.uk

For more information on the new requirements and how you can prepare for extended producer responsibility, the UK government has published guidance on Extended producer responsibility for packaging: who is affected and what to do.