Reforms to the Packaging Waste Recycling Note (PRN) and Packaging Waste Export Recycling Note (PERN) Systems and Operator Approval Consultation

Consultation opened on 28 March 2022. Closing date 21 May 2022.


This consultation is now closed.
We are also seeking views on our proposed reforms to the packaging waste recycling note (PRN) and packaging waste export recycling note (PERN) system.


Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our plans to reform the packaging waste recycling note (PRN) and packaging waste export recycling note (PERN) system. This system will be established by the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations for packaging waste.

As outlined in the Government response to the 2021 consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility(EPR) for packaging the UK Government and Devolved Administrations have decided to make provisions for the continuation of the PRN/PERN system in the new Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations for all (household and non-household) packaging waste as an interim solution.

The wider EPR measures should address many of the shortcomings of the current producer responsibility arrangements however, there are several improvements that may be necessary to further improve the functioning of the PRN/PERN market in the short term. These include the volatility and unpredictability of PRN/PERN prices, a lack of transparency, the potential for fraud in the issue of PRNs/PERNs and producer dependency on exports to meet recycling targets. This consultation seeks views on several proposals to address these issues and improve the overall effectiveness of the system.

The consultation on reforms to the PRN/PERN system and operator approval can be accessed through the respond online green button below.

We encourage you to respond to this consultation as the responses will inform decisions on the approach to the PRN/PERN system as part of our wider EPR reforms.

Click here to view documents relating to the responses to the consultation.


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