Repak is approved by government as Ireland’s sole Packaging Compliance Scheme. It is a membership based, ‘not-for-profit’ limited company established under a voluntary agreement between Industry and the Irish Department of the Environment in 1997 to conform to EU Directive 94/62/EC. Fees are directly related to the quantity and types of packaging supplied by members on the Irish market and are based on the principle of ‘shared responsibility’ to ensure that the cost of recovery and recycling is fairly spread across the supply chain. Fees are calculated based on the previous years statistics of packaging supplied and are levied twice yearly, in January and July. There are two types of fees: material specific (see “tariffs” below) and participation fees.
Participation fees – these are charged at a flat fee per tonne, irrespective of the material type, relative to the members designation in the supply chain, i.e. manufacturer, distributor/wholesaler, retailer, etc. Material Specific Fees depend on the type and quantity of the materials used with the main burden of fees being borne by the brandholder (manufacturer/packer filler/importer). All fees are for a one year period beginning on 1st January each year.
Fees for Major Producers
The Repak fee structure for a Major Producer is based on the principle of Shared Responsibility, which ensures that the cost of recovery and recycling of packaging waste is spread across the supply chain.
The fees to members comprise of two distinct elements, Participation fees and Material Specific fees. Since 2000, membership fees, (based on previous year's statistics) are generated twice yearly via statistical submissions made by each Member. Members are charged depending on the quantity and type of packaging they supply onto the Irish market and on the position(s) in the packaging supply chain that they operate in, as shown on the table below.