PRNs and Plastic Packaging Recycling

By April 28, 2020Services

What does PRN stand for?

PRN in the waste industry stands for Packaging Recovery Note.

What are PRNs?

The PRN system is managed by the Environment Agency (EA) via the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD).  PRNs prove that waste packaging has been recycled into a new product. In Great Britain, they form a key part of the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007.

PRNs are used for a range of materials, but the materials must be identifiable as non-durable packaging. These materials are known as “obligated” waste.  They cover:

  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Wood

Aylesbury Granulation Services and PRNs

Aylesbury Granulation Services are an accredited reprocessor for the scheme. Our up-to-date details can always be found at

https://npwd.environment-agency.gov.uk/PublicRegister.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fPackagingPublicRegisterLinks.aspx%3fReturnUrl%3d%252fLogin.aspx%253fReturnUrl%253d%25252fdefault.aspx

Being an accredited plastic packaging reprocessor means that we tell the EA when we have changed plastic packaging from waste to regrind – for use back in plastic manufacturing.

What are PRNs for?

PRNs allow us to invest in our business in order that we can take in more plastic packaging in the future. It also allows us to offer an uplift on our standard rebate rates, to ensure that plastic packaging is actually recycled.  It can also be used to make contributions towards delivery costs or sorting costs where these are occasionally needed.

What materials are suitable for PRNs?

There is no exhaustive list which defines what materials are obligated, but there is plenty of guidance to help us, as reprocessor, decide what is obligated or not

As a set of examples, the following waste streams can be considered packaging waste obligated.  This list is far from exhaustive.

As we only take in segregated rigid plastics, this list is only relevant to firms who may be wanting to sell their waste directly to us.  Please note all wastes must have been single use.

  • Buckets
  • Barrels
  • Pallets
  • IBCs
  • Redundant food packaging
  • Single use trays used in medical, food-service, automotive, or other manufacturing

I have packaging waste, what should I do?

Please get in touch and we can talk through your waste streams and see how we can help you with their recycling.