Provider of environmental solutions to UK organisations, Valpak, is helping businesses to comply with Producer Responsibility legislation overseas by launching a series of free International Compliance Seminars to assess whether businesses have obligations abroad.

A number of countries across the globe have implemented various pieces of environmental legislation, including producer responsibility laws for packaging waste, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and waste batteries. If a business exports or has an operation or a presence overseas it could be affected by these laws, but many businesses are not aware of this.

Businesses will need to register with the relevant scheme and authority and submit data within set time frames. Compliance with other environmental legislation will also be required. Non-compliance is costly and could damage a business’s reputation.

Duncan Simpson, Valpak director of sales & marketing, said, “Most businesses are aware of the UK regulations that are in place which cover waste, the movement of waste and producer responsibility for packaging, waste electronics and batteries. However, some businesses may not know that similar legislation exists in many other countries. Therefore, it is important that businesses that export or have a presence in other countries should find out what regulations exist, if they are affected and if so what they need to do to ensure that they’re compliant overseas.”