What You Need To Know About the New Packaging Regulations

Last month, a series of changes was made to the official packaging regulations put out by HM Government. These changes have been made in accordance with the boom of online shopping that has been occurring the last ten years or so – back in 1999, when the regulations were first drawn up, online shopping was still a relatively new concept.


Normally, when a set of regulations has been changed, the changes can be quite heavy but with these new changes, there isn’t too much new information, making these regulations much easier to keep track of when applied to the workplace.

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So what are these new regulations? Well, the document put out by HM Government is kind enough to give us a summary of the regulations:



  • Packaging volume and weight must be the minimum amount to maintain the necessary levels of safety, hygiene and acceptance for the packed product and for the consumer.
  • Packaging must be manufactured so as to permit reuse or recovery in accordance with specific requirements.
  • Noxious or hazardous substances in packaging must be minimised in emissions, ash or leachate from incineration or landfill.



Of course, this isn’t the entirety of the new regulations – that was just a summary of the essential requirements. For the full set of new regulations you can click here to read the official PDF.


When it comes to the new regulations, the emphasis is on being as minimal as possible when it comes to packaging – to avoid unnecessary waste, which in turn helps protect the environment in the long run.



Some have cited this revision to come from online packaging, which has been seen by some industry leaders as being incredibly excessive at times and as we move into an environmentally focused world, companies not willing to change can expect to feel the full force of these new rules.


Speaking about the new regulations, a spokesperson for a shrink wrap provider said, ‘The regulations changes take into account recent trends, and while some may have a bawl at having to go minimal with their packaging, it helps keep the environment safe, and will also save money for companies who send out items from online shopping’


So if you deal in packaging, make sure you check out these new regulations!



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