UK Environmental Requirements

There are a number of UK requirements which toy companies have to comply with and sometimes these can vary across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. These range from product and packaging requirements, to rules that cover companies’ energy use. We have produced a number of guidance documents to help our members understand and comply with these regulations.

Packaging Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

The UK government wants packaging to be designed to use less material and want to encourage the adoption of more resource efficient business models to achieve greater circularity. To achieve this, the UK government is reforming the existing Producer Responsibility approach used for packaging compliance and moving to extended producer responsibility (EPR).

The thresholds to be obligated:

  • Large organisation: annual turnover of £2 million and supply 50 tonnes of packaging to UK market
  • Small organisation: annual turnover of £1 million and supply 25 tonnes of packaging to UK market

BTHA Guide for large organisations
BTHA Guide for small organisations

Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

The Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013 covers the collection, recovery, and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. The Regulations define those that have a waste management obligation.

BTHA Guide to WEEE Regulations

Green Claims

Greenwashing is the act of making misleading claims about the environmental attributes of a product or service. The Competition and Markets Authority Green Claims Code aims to help businesses communicate their green credentials. We have produced a guide for members on how to avoid greenwashing with practical examples given from the toy industry.

BTHA Guide to Greenwashing/green claims

Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme

The Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory energy assessment scheme. ESOS is the UK’s interpretation of Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive and is administered by the Environment Agency. The UK wide scheme has been developed to realise the significant opportunities for energy and cost savings for UK businesses; and compliance is mandatory for all obligated large undertakings and their corporate groups. The scheme runs in phases of four years, and we are now in phase three.

We have partnered with environmental consultancy and compliance scheme, Beyondly, to offer further support to our members on meeting environmental requirements. Beyondly has produced an SECR guide for members.

Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) Guide

Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting

The new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) regulations came into place on 1 April 2019 and affect an undertaking’s financial accounting period commencing on or after this date. Obligated companies are now required to report on their energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

We have partnered with environmental consultancy and compliance scheme, Beyondly, to offer further support to our members on meeting environmental requirements. Beyondly has produced an SECR guide for members.

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) Fact Sheet