Producer responsibility regulations

Producer responsibility laws in the UK cover packaging, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), batteries and end of life vehicles (ELVs).

Producer responsibility is about making sure businesses that manufacture, import and sell these products are responsible for their end of life environmental impact.

The regulations require businesses to:

  • minimise waste arising from these products and promote their re-use
  • ensure the waste products are treated and meet recovery and recycling targets for the waste materials
  • design products by reducing material use and enhancing reusability and recyclability

Enforcing compliance: the regulators

The UK environmental regulators for producers, producer compliance schemes and treatment facilities are:

Environment Agency (England)

Natural Resources Wales (Wales)

Northern Ireland Environment Agency (Northern Ireland)

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Scotland)

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for the ELV regulations

Regulatory Delivery (RD) for placed on the market regulations for WEEE and batteries, for distributors of WEEE and batteries, producers of industrial and automotive batteries and restrictions on heavy metals in vehicles.


Guidance for businesses that handle and supply packaging, packaging compliance schemes, reprocessors and exporters of UK sourced waste packaging for recovery.

Packaging waste: designer responsibilities

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

For manufacturers, importers, re-branders and distributors of EEE, WEEE producer compliance schemes, treatment facilities and exporters of WEEE.

Electrical waste: retailer and distributor responsibilities

Restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS)


For manufacturers, importers and distributors of batteries, battery compliance schemes, treatment operators and exporters of waste batteries.

Battery waste: retailer and distributor responsibilities

End of life Vehicles (ELVs)

For vehicle producers, vehicle owners and waste treatment facilities of end of life vehicles.

End-of-life vehicles producer registration

Published 3 October 2014
Last updated 31 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Link added to the Environment Agency's 'Packaging producer responsibility monitoring plan 2019'.

  2. 'Packaging producer responsibility monitoring plan 2018' added under the 'Packaging' heading.

  3. Added 'Collecting used and waste electrical and electronic equipment' document to the collection

  4. First published.