In the UK, there are several packaging regulations that affect toy companies. These are covered in law by:

  • Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulation
  • Producer Responsibility (Packaging Waste) Regulation
  • Plastic Packaging Tax

The regulations governing the recycling and recovery of used packaging is being radically revised, and through the Environment Bill, the government is introducing Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes in 2023. This includes making producers responsible for the full net cost of managing packaging once it becomes waste, setting more ambitious targets for producers, and introducing clear and consistent labelling for recyclability. These changes will have an impact on the choice of packaging systems used for goods, and on the costs imposed on producers and importers.

The BTHA is involved in representing our members’ interests to government and provides support and guidance to help members comply with changing regulation.