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Articles under REACH explained
by Ellen Thornton at 14:50 in Content, Emerging, Environmental

On 13th June this year, Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/999 amending Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) came into force. The amendment concerns articles which contain any of the 174 substances of very high conce...

Emerging EPR in South America
by Ellen Thornton at 10:20 in Battery, Emerging, Content, Packaging, Circular Economy, WEEE, Environmental

There is currently an array of changes occurring in South America in relation to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations and recycling laws. Countries such as Brazil, Chile a​nd Argentina are catching up with Europe as many new EPR Bills are proposed.

Chemical Product Registers you didn’t know existed
by Ellen Thornton at 09:10 in Content, Environmental

The Substances in Preparations in Nordic Countries (SPIN) database contains information on the chemicals that are used in the Nordic countries, based on the Products Registries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. In these countries, manufacturers and/or importers of substances must submit a notification to the Product Register. The chemicals to be rep...

UK consultation on adopting “Open Scope” WEEE categories
by Ellen Thornton at 08:48 in Emerging, WEEE, Battery, Environmental

Currently in the UK, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and WEEE are categorised and reported under 14 categories which comprises of 10 compulsory categories and 4 subcategories. The EU WEEE Directive (Directive 2012/19/EU) introduced a number of changes to the original Directive (Directive 2002/96/EC), inclu​ding an "Open Scope" of 6 rev...

Electrical and Electronic Equipment and the Environment Conference 2017
by Michelle Carvell at 23:56 in Content, Circular Economy, Environmental, Origin, Emerging

Lorax Compliance Ltd visited the RINA Consulting conference on Electrical and Electronic Equipment and the Environment 2017 at the Heathrow Hilton on 1st/2nd November and enjoyed 2 days of fantastic learning and networking. In an agenda packed full of updates on legislation, analysis of studies and presentations from companies handling electronics, it is ...

The state of play with packaging compliance in Germany
by Emma Mundy at 11:10 in Environmental, Packaging

​Back in August Dual Systems, otherwise known as compliance schemes, Der Grüne Punkt, BellandVision and Interseroh released a statement to announce that they are terminating their clearing agreements. They stated that some systems are repeatedly failing to meet their obligations and that new clearing agreements ensure fair competition and an equitable tra...

Global deposit return schemes
by Ellen Thornton at 13:50 in Environmental, Circular Economy, Emerging, Packaging

Deposit return schemes add a small deposit on to the cost of drinks which is refunded to the consumer when the container is returned. Hence, the incentive for consumers to recycle their drinks containers is much greater. Containers, such as glass, can be refilled and other such as cans can be recycled, eliminating wastage of the containers. However, such ...

RWM Exhibition 2017
by Ellen Thornton at 13:05 in Circular Economy, Environmental, Packaging, Emerging

The RWM is an exhibition of four industry events – The Energy Event, The Renewables Event, The Water Event and RWM. Held in the National Exhibition Centre over 3 days, the event had six zones representing the Ene​rgy, Water and recycling and waste markets.

New York’s E-Waste Law
by Ellen Thornton at 07:41 in WEEE, Environmental, Emerging

​The Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act requires manufacturers who sell covered electronic equipment​ (CEE) in New York to provide a convenient system for collecting, handling and recycling or reusing electronic waste. The law, signed in on 28th May 2010, prohibited consumers from throwing out e-waste in their normal rubbish bins. Manufac...


Brexit and REACH - What does it mean for UK companies?
by Emma Mundy at 15:56 in Content, Environmental

What will happen to REACH legislation in the UK once we leave the EU? There has been much speculation over the past few months as to which regulatory direction UK REACH will head in once we leave the EU. This blog aims to give you the latest developments for chemical legislation in the UK in light of Brexit.

REACH regulations outside the EU
by Ellen Thornton at 09:34 in Emerging, Environmental, Content

EU REACH regulations enco​​​​mpass the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemical substances manufactured or imported into the EU or EEA above 1 tonne per year. This regulation provides an extensive database of the risks and uses of chemical substances, mixtures and articles and the opportunity for information sharing between companies who use...

The problem with plastic
by Ellen Thornton at 15:17 in Circular Economy, Environmental, Packaging

There's a wealth of knowledge about the negative effect plastic waste has on the environment. This blog seeks to uncover what the problems are and how governments and industry can stop it from getting worse.

Battery recycling in Australia – what are the next steps?
by Ellen Thornton at 13:45 in Battery, Environmental

​Currently, in Australia, only 5% of handheld rechargeable batteries are recycled. Many of these contain hazardous substances with the capacity to harm people and the environment. This was one of the issues discussed by Commonwealth, State and Territory Environment Ministers on 28th July in Melbourne. They recognised successful pilot schemes in Toowoomba ...

Reporting and obligation thresholds – what are they and how do they differ?
by Ellen Thornton at 14:40 in Battery, Environmental, Packaging, WEEE

Obligations and reporting thresholds for packaging, WEEE and battery schemes vary from scheme to scheme and country to country. Obligation thresholds are more typically implemented through packaging waste legislation and reporting thresholds can be seen in p​​ackaging, WEEE and battery legislation. However, many countries have not implemented thresholds a...

Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) set to discuss widening the designated material categories under their packaging and printed paper scheme.
by Emma Mundy at 13:04 in Circular Economy, Environmental, Packaging

​Éco Entreprises Quebec has released a statement to say that they are currently considering adding containers, packaging and printed matter ​​sold as short-lived products and those produced through the B2B trade to the designated materials classes. This change will contribute to their ongoing efforts to stabilise the materials rates.

Today the EU Council and the European Parliament reach a provisional agreement on a revised RoHS Directive
by Emma Mundy at 14:43 in Circular Economy, Content, Emerging, Environmental, WEEE

This afternoon at 15.15 the EU Council announced that they have reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on a proposal for the revision of the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) Directive.

Recent updates to CONAI diversification of plastic contribution
by Emma Mundy at 13:02 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging

Following on from our last blog CONAI- Plastic Packaging Reporting Changes here are the latest updates on packaging compliance in Italy and how you should be reporting for the remainder of 2017.

Should you be reporting under new EPR regulations in Chile?
by Emma Mundy at 15:35 in Battery, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging, WEEE

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a global issue and no longer contained in regulation within the EU. Latin America has recently seen a surge in EPR style legislation being implemented and many countries are in various stages of development of EPR regulations, Chile is no exception. Today's blog focusses on what you should be doing if you sell cer...


Compliance Update: Changes to Batteries reporting in Spain
by Michelle Carvell at 16:30 in Battery, Environmental

The Spanish Battery and Accumulators Register is to be adapted in line with changes to the new Royal Decree. The changes, which will affect battery submissions in Spain, are in effect for the next declaration period. This will cover products sold during 1Q 2017, which will need to be submitted by April​​ 20th 2017. The information below gives guidance on ...

Summary of changes to environmental product law in Hungary
by Emma Mundy at 11:25 in Battery, Environmental, Packaging

​​A standalone Amendment to the environmental protection product fee has been brought in effective from 1 January 2017. There are no major changes to the legislation, however it brings about clarification on a number of issues.

To Compete or not Compete: Looking at Competition vs. Monopoly in EPR schemes
by Emma Mundy at 08:40 in Environmental, Packaging

Across the world PRO organisations are available for companies to join in order to comply with their Extended Producer Responsibility reporting. Compliance schemes are membership organisations that register members with the relevant authority and ensure that companies meet their financial obligations under the different EPR directives.

Can you avoid the reporting treadmill this year?
by Emma Mundy at 08:10 in Battery, Environmental, Packaging, WEEE

The EU's focus on resource preservation and reuse has put manufacturers under increasing pressure over the past two decades to meet strict legislative requirements on environmental reporting. This has created a tricky path for producers to navigate as reporting requirements differ in each country. Depending on the size of your company, you could have come...

Compliance Notice: Changes to Portugal packaging waste compliance
by Emma Mundy at 16:17 in Environmental, Packaging

Sociedade Pontoverde, the Portuguese packaging compliance scheme, will only deal with household packaging waste from 1 January 2017. Packaging to be submitted will include packaging of fast moving consumer goods – primary, check out bags and multipacks.


CONAI: Plastic Packaging reporting changes
by Emma Mundy at 14:15 in Circular Economy, Environmental, Packaging

CONAI, the Italian packaging scheme, are making changes to their reporting requirements in 2017. The first amendment will be to diversify the environmental contribution for plastic packaging based upon the environmental impact it has. Plastic has been chosen as it is the most complex material in terms of variety of types, selection and recycling technolog...

Changes to the Rinki packaging waste submission, Finland.
by Emma Mundy at 15:28 in Environmental, Packaging

If you are gearing up to submit your 2017 packaging waste report to RINKI in Finland please note that there have been some changes to the submission based on 2016 sales. The key changes are new fees and new reporting categories.

Why software will take away the pain of your compliance reporting schedule
by Michelle Carvell at 10:24 in Packaging, Environmental, WEEE, Battery

​As we approach the holiday season, the last thing anyone wants to think about are Waste (packaging/WEEE/battery) submission deadlines coming up in the New Year. Compliance teams will be using the first few weeks back from the holidays to frantically collect together sales data, product data, materials and weights, as well as, remember what was done a yea...

Fee Changes in Austria
by James Gibbs at 11:27 in Environmental, Packaging

​Did you know that Austria's waste management scheme Alstoff Recycling Austria (ARA) is changing its fees from the 1 January 2017? If you are a packaging producer in Austria, you may be affected.

Changes to India's E-waste (Management) Rules, October 2016
by Emma Mundy at 15:40 in Environmental, WEEE

WEEE Legislation has been active in India since 2011, however an update in October has made some changes to their e-waste (management) rules. Read our blog to ensure you have all the information on the changes and to keep yourselves compliant.

Compliance Update - Ontario's Waste Free Future
by James Gibbs at 07:51 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging

In June 2016 Ontario took a major step towards reforming waste management practices and policy. The Waste Free Ontario Bill outlines the framework for the transition to a new system. The system aims to divert more waste from landfills, create jobs and encourage innovation. The Act enshrines in law the obligation for decision makers to implement an expansi...

Slovakia Waste Act Changes - Packaging
by Emma Mundy at 12:29 in Environmental, Packaging

The new Slovakia Waste Management Act 79/2015 Coll.​ came into force in January 2016, with some provisions of the act valid from July 2016, to increase the separate collection and recycling of certain types of waste. The new act governs the entire waste management sector. The act covers electrical and electronic equipment, batteries and accumulator...

Making the most of packaging, are incentives needed?
by Emma Mundy at 06:59 in Circular Economy, Environmental, Packaging

Last month our blogs focussed around disposable coffee cups and the amount of waste they produce in landfill, and in June we looked at the effect plastic packaging is having on our oceans. There is currently considerable publicity surrounding these topics and the media is quick to notice the environmental effects and their social issues. However, it's imp...

Charging forward! What is the future of the battery?
by William Fleming at 08:41 in Battery, Circular Economy, Environmental

​What is the future of the battery and does it have a place in our rapidly changing technologies? Ever since the discovery of electricity, modern man has developed ways to store it through the use of batteries. A discovery in 1938 by archaeologist Wilhelm Konig that has puzzled many is the discovery of the 'Baghdad Battery'. The Baghdad Batt...

Coffee Cup Culture Clouds Recycling Vision
by James Gibbs at 08:05 in Circular Economy, Environmental, Packaging

​Coffee Shops are everywhere now, meeting for a coffee at one of 16,500 shops in the UK is a social meeting activity that millions of us take part in every day. However, should people think again about that take-away cuppa and what happens to it after it is thrown away? James Gibbs explores reusability in a high profile waste sector.

Take Back obligations now apply in Germany
by Emma Mundy at 07:37 in Environmental, WEEE

​Germany transposed the WEEE recast in October 2015 through ElektroG2. The law allowed for certain obligations to be phased in.

Changes to Plastics are making waves
by Emma Mundy at 07:04 in Environmental, Packaging, Circular Economy, Emerging

In recognition of World Oceans day 2016, this month's blog is dedicated to all things plastic and the environmental solutions we can all contribute to lessen the amount of plastic waste ending up in our oceans. Because there's no two ways about it, plastic is polluting the ocean.

Understanding packaging waste complexities
by Michelle Carvell at 09:42 in Battery, Environmental, Packaging, WEEE

The EU's focus on resource preservation and reuse has put manufacturers under increasing pressure over the past two decades to meet strict legislative requirements on environmental reporting. However, the compliance process can be a tricky path to navigate – especially when reporting requirements differ in each country.