Our History

  1. 1993

    The UK Government assembles a group of industry representatives to form the Packaging Responsibility Group (PRG).

  2. 1994

    The European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste was introduced in 1994. The directive put obligations on member countries to recover and recycle 50-65% of packaging waste by 2001.

  3. 1995

    The UK Government consults with industry over the next two years to allow them time to put forward an agreed proposal on the best way to implement the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.

  4. 1996

    Following these proposals, the Valpak Working Representative Advisory Group (V-WRAG) was formed. From this group, the concept of the Valpak Packaging Compliance Scheme emerged.

  5. 1997

    06 March 1997 new UK Packaging Waste Regulations.
    Valpak becomes first producer compliance scheme for packaging.

  6. 1998

    Rt Hon John Gummer MP is appointed as Valpak's Non-executive Chairman.

  7. 2000

    recycle-more.co.uk launched to offset members'Consumer Information Obligations (CIO). Valpak Recycling is established to specialise in the management of waste.

  8. 2001

    Valpak further extends its activities by starting up its recycle-more-glass service, collecting mixed glass for recycling free of charge from pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars.

  9. 2002

    Valpak shifts the focus of its operations away from Savannah House in London to a new base in Warwickshire. Vantage House in Stratford-upon-Avon was officially opened in April.

  10. 2003

    Valpak sells its commercial glass collection business, recycle-more-glass, to the UK's largest commercial and domestic glass collector and processor Berryman.

  11. 2004

    Valpak rescape™ recycling bank introduced for high profile locations.
    Valpak Data Solutionsis established.
    Valpak Recycling opens a representative office in China.

  12. 2005

    The first PackFlow 2005 research project findings are announced to cement Valpak's position as the expert on Producer Responsibility issues.

  13. 2006

    Valpak purchases the Waste Management Group (WMG) Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Preston.

  14. 2007

    02 January UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations come into force.
    Valpak approved as operator of WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme.

  15. 2008

    Valpak sponsor the Royal College of Art Design for a Better Environment award.
    Valpak Consulting are involved in the pioneering Glasgow Recycles partnership project

  16. 2009

    05 May UK Batteries Regulations came into force.
    March Valpak launches new UK Green Dot Code of Practice.

  17. 2010

    April UK CRC Regulations come into force.
    Valpak set up CRC Compliance Service.

  18. 2011

    Valpak sets up an International Compliance Service .
    Valpak obtains Carbon Neutrality Standard , PAS 2060.

  19. 2012

    Valpak helps organisations to comply with environmental legislation in over 20 countries.
    Valpak is appointed as PAS 141 ( WEEE Re-use ) Scheme Administrator by BIS.
    Valpak launched a Zero Waste to Landfill Certification service, to help organisations demonstrate their environmental credentials

  20. 2013

    18 February Valpak Recycling (North West) Limited assets and business sold to JWS Lancashire Limited.
    Glassflow 2012 report is published; it investigates the UK glass packaging recycling sector volatility during 2012.

  21. 2014

    Glass target consultation results in target adjustment in line with Glassflow 2012 recommendations,
    saving the UK approximately £64 million.
    Valpak launch an ESOS Service.

  22. 2015

    MetalFlow 2014 report is published, the report focuses on the steel and aluminium packaging supply chain in the UK.

  23. 2016

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    Established a service to raise awareness of and help companies to comply with the requirements of the new Modern Slavery Act.
    Developed web-based portals, which use client data to help increase supply chain transparency and therefore minimising risk.
    PackFlow 2025 report is published, the report has been designed to inform Government decision making on EU circular economy proposals on EPR and future WEEE targets.

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1993

The UK Government assembled a group of industry representatives to form the Packaging Responsibility Group (PRG). The PRG was tasked with assessing the impact of the forthcoming Packaging Waste Regulations, the necessary steps that needed to be taken and how the UK should proceed. Though the group could paint a vivid picture of the scale and complexity of the task, it failed to reach an agreement on the way forward and who should pay. There were essentially two camps, a single point approach and a multi point option.

1994

The European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste was introduced in 1994. The directive put obligations on member countries to recover and recycle 50-65% of packaging waste by 2001.

1995

The UK Government consulted with industry over the next two years to allow them time to put forward an agreed proposal on the best way to implement the directive. Finally, a consensus emerged. This was the desire for shared producer responsibility, where all companies in the packaging chain shared the cost of compliance. The rest of Europe took a different approach by taxing, in the main, a single point in the packaging chain (i.e. manufacturers or packer / fillers). PRG made three important recommendations:

  • a shared solution should be proposed
  • legislation should underpin this to avoid free riding
  • a compliance scheme should be set up allowing companies to have their obligations under this legislation discharged for them. Companies not wishing to join the scheme had the option of taking an individual route to fulfil their obligations

1996

Following these proposals, the Valpak Working Representative Advisory Group (V-WRAG) was formed. From this group, the concept of the Valpak Packaging Compliance Scheme emerged. It would be a collaborative industry body through which businesses would work together to achieve the recovery and recycling of packaging waste. It would take the pressure away from businesses that would find it difficult and time consuming to comply with any legislation on an individual basis. It was later decided that Valpak should not be the only compliance scheme and competitive schemes should be allowed to form.

1997

06 March 1997 new UK Packaging Waste Regulations.

Valpak becomes first Producer Compliance Scheme for packaging.

Organisations affected by the Packaging Waste Regulations register.

1998

Rt Hon John Gummer MP is appointed as Valpak's Non-executive Chairman.

First year of packaging waste obligations for affected Great Britain organisations.

1999

Northern Ireland Packaging Waste Obligations come into force.

2000

recycle-more.co.uk is launched to offset Valpak packaging 'seller' members' Consumer Information Obligations (CIO), which require sellers to inform members of the public about recycling. Valpak saw the website as the ideal way for its members to fulfil these obligations.

Valpak Recycling, a subsidiary of Valpak, is established to specialise in the management and recycling of waste.

Packaging Waste Regulations turnover threshold falls to £2 million.

Wood becomes obligated packaging under the Packaging Waste Regulations.

2001

Valpak further extends its activities by starting up its recycle-more-glass service, collecting mixed glass for recycling, free of charge from pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars.

2002

Valpak shifts the focus of its operations away from Savannah House in London to a new base in Warwickshire. This decision was reached after consideration of the costs involved in renting a prime location London office, and with a view to making the company more accessible to its nationwide membership. Montague House in Stratford-upon-Avon was officially opened in April.

2003

Valpak sells its groundbreaking commercial glass collection business, recycle-more-glass, to the UK's largest commercial and domestic glass collector and processor Berryman. The scheme collects 60,000 tonnes of glass a year, the equivalent to nearly 200 million bottles and jars.

2004

Valpak rescape™ recycling banks introduced for high profile locations.

Valpak Data Management Services are established to offer a total managed packaging data service helping members to collate and compile their packaging waste data with a minimum amount of effort.

Valpak Recycling opens a representative office in China. The office, which is located in the major Northern port town of Tianjin close to Beijing, will be staffed by two people, who will liaise with Chinese reprocessors, government and regulators. In 2004, Valpak Recycling handled over 120,000 tonnes of material.

2005

The first PackFlow 2008 research project findings are announced to cement Valpak's position as the expert on Producer Responsibility issues.

2006

Valpak strengthened its range of compliance and recycling solutions with the purchase of the Waste Management Group (WMG) Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Preston, which has been integrated into the current Valpak Recycling operation. Our Preston facility is one of the UK's leading plastic sorting and grading sites and draws material from across the whole of the UK.

2007

02 January - UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations comes into force.

Valpak approved as operator of WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme.

Valpak, in partnership with Wincanton, launch the "WEEE recycle-more" campaign in Glasgow. This campaign sees an uplift over 150% in material to the Glasgow Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs).

2008

Valpak sponsor the Royal College of Art 'Design for a Better Environment' award.

Valpak is involved in the pioneering Glasgow Recycles partnership project which set out to tackle social, environmental and economic issues in the city, introducing recycling banks to city centre litter hotspots, using a team of local unemployed people to raise awareness.

Valpak collaborate with INCPEN to produce a series of packaging pyramids to show the total amounts of packaging used per year on 73 different types of products that we buy on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. These pyramids were produced as a result of increasing consumer concerns about excessive packaging.

2009

05 May - UK Waste Batteries Regulations come into force.

March - Valpak launches new UK Green Dot Code of Practice following concerns in the press about consumer perception of this logo.

Valpak approved as operator of Batteries Producer Compliance Scheme.

Valpak's Stratford-upon-Avon head office gains ISO 14001 accreditation and becomes one of approximately only 10,000 other companies to obtain this in the UK.

2010

April - UK CRC Regulations come into force.

Valpak set up CRC Compliance Service.

Valpak Recycling (North West) launch new website to reinforce presence in the Preston area.

2011

Valpak obtains Carbon Neutrality Standard, PAS 2060, to demonstrate to customers that we are managing our significant impacts. In addition, a comprehensive service was set up which helps organisations through all of the critical stages for the purchase of carbon offset allowances.

Valpak sets up an International Compliance Service to help organisations that have an overseas presence to comply with each respective countries unique environmental laws.

Valpak sets up a civil sanctions service to help organisations, who are under threat of potential Environment Agency prosecution for offences under the Packaging Waste Regulations, through the new civil sanctions regime.

2012

Valpak launched a Zero Waste to Landfill Certification service, to help organisations demonstrate their environmental credentials

Valpak helps organisations to comply with environmental legislation in over 20 countries.

Valpak launches a series of free regional forums to help organisations keep up to date with ever changing environmental legislation and industry developments.

Valpak is appointed as PAS 141 Scheme Administrator by BIS.

Valpak management purchases Valpak Limited from the members.

Valpak WEEE Retail Services continues to operate the UK’s WEEE Distributor Take back Scheme on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). In December 2012 the company was awarded the contract for Phase 3 of the scheme which is for a four year period to 31 December 2016.  We have successfully operated this scheme since its inception in 2007.

2013

New 5 year packaging waste recovery and recycling targets became effective from 1 January 2013. These targets include a split glass target and a 5% annual increase in plastic targets.

On 18 February 2013 the assets and business of Valpak Recycling (North West) Limited were sold to JWS Lancashire Limited.

Glassflow 2012 report is published; the report investigates why the UK glass packaging recycling sector experienced a lot of volatility during 2012.

2014

WEEE Recast changes move UK to target driven system for first time in 2014.

Glass target consultation takes place and targets are adjusted in line with Glassflow 2012 recommendations. This adjustment in targets saved the UK approximately £64 million.

Plastic Packaging Market Study (Plastic Flow) 2014 report is published identifying lower levels of plastic packaging going onto the market than previously predicted.

EU withdraw Circular Economy Package which contained proposals to review the Packaging Directive across the EU member states.

UK establishes ESOS Regulations 2014.

Valpak launch an Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) service.

2015

New members of the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) announced. Adrian Hawkes, Valpak’s Policy Director appointed to represent large compliance schemes taking over from Steve Gough, Valpak’s CEO.

MetalFlow 2014 report is published, the report focuses steel and aluminium packaging supply chain in the UK.

2016

Established a service to raise awareness of and help companies to comply with the requirements of the new Modern Slavery Act.

Developed web-based portals, which use client data to help increase supply chain transparency and therefore minimising risk.