If your organization is obligated under the Packaging Waste Regulations, you can expect to have a compliance audit once every three years.  It will be carried out by the relevant Environment Agency and arranged in advance by your representative and the EA, SEPA or NIEA.

Preparing for the Audit

  • Prepare your site and train staff to give a tour to the agency as they will wish to observe how packaging flows in and out of your business
  • Have a copy of your methodology statement for collating your packaging data to hand and be prepared to explain it fully to the agency. They may recommend some improvements.
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Ensure you have a history and explanation for how each figure on the data form was obtained
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Any paperwork and current data you have available should be on hand at all times. Any correspondence between you and your compliance scheme related to data collation - will also be useful.
  • If any estimates or assumptions have been made with regard to your data collation and calculation - ensure this information is available for the audit. For example; if 100 aluminium cans have been weighed to establish an average weight - have a record of this.

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