As more manufacturers seek to take advantage of lucrative overseas markets, many are unaware of their international environmental obligations. Many countries have introduced pieces of legislation which affects packaging waste, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and waste batteries. Typical examples included plastic carrier bag levels in Hong Kong, packaging compliance requirements in France and WEEE regulations in The Netherlands.
If the legislation affects your business, manufacturers are required to register with appropriate schemes and authorities, submitting relevant information as required. Not doing so could see penalties being levied against your business, costly both monetarily and in terms of reputation and public perception.
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Though necessary, ensuring your business is compliant with overseas environmental legislations can be time consuming and complex. That is where Valpak’s free International Compliance Seminars come in. If you think your business may be one of the many affected by these obligations, Valpak can provide a tailored service to meet any individual requirement.
Valpak’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Duncan Simpson, elaborates:
“Many UK-based manufacturers, both large and small, are looking to expand their business operations overseas, and are looking into export markets. At the same time, consumers are increasingly becoming global buyers as they are using the internet to purchase goods. Consequently, more businesses are finding that their products are arriving and ultimately endings their lives overseas.”
“Most businesses are aware of the UK regulations that are in place which cover waste, the movement of waste and producer responsibility for packaging, waste electronics and batteries. However, some businesses may not know that similar legislation exists in many other countries. Therefore, it is important that businesses that export or have a presence in other countries should find out what regulations exist, if they are affected and if so, what they need to do to ensure that they’re compliant overseas.”
The Seminars take place at Valpak’s Head Office in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and are scheduled to take place in July (31), September (4), October (30) and December (5), this year.
To book your place online, visit: www.valpak.co.uk/InternationalComplianceSeminars