Types of parties responsible for packaging

  • Only the packaging of products put on to the Belgian market or unpacked in Belgium is covered.
  • For each item of packaging, there is always one and only one responsible party.
  • A company may fall under one or more of the definitions of parties responsible for packaging.

There are 3 types of parties responsible for packaging:

Type A
Any company which has products packaged in Belgium or has packaged them itself with a view to supplying them to the Belgian market is a Type A party responsible for packaging.
The accounts of this type of company often contain purchase invoices for packaging material.

Type B
In the case where products supplied to the Belgian market were not packaged in Belgium, any company which has had such products imported or has imported them itself and which neither unpacks nor uses such products is a Type B party responsible for packaging.
The accounts of this type of company often contain purchase invoices for products supplied by foreign companies.

Type C
In the case of industrial packaging waste not covered by A or B, anyone who unpacks or uses packaged products on Belgian territory and who is, as a consequence, deemed responsible for the packaging waste generated, is Type C party responsible for packaging.

For example: a company which imports raw materials for its own use or a company which unpacks products to supply them in “customised packaging”, where such products have come directly from abroad (or where the party which has given the order for the products to be unpacked is a foreign company).

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