Nipak Waste Packaging Compliance Scheme
Experts in waste packaging based in Northern Ireland
Producer Responsibility Experts in the UK & Ireland since 2000
Nipak is Northern Ireland's only specialist producer responsibility scheme. Based in Belfast, we work with packaging producers large & small throughout Northern Ireland across a broad range of sectors.
Nipak was approved as a compliance scheme in 2001. It was created in response to the growing obligations placed on waste packaging producers in Europe, but primarily due to the needs of our existing client base.
We are part of The Leaf Group, which comprises ourselves, Scotpak (Glasgow) and Leaf Environmental (Dublin). Scotpak is a dedicated UK compliance scheme serving Scotland and the rest of Great Britain. Leaf Environmental is a and waste producer responsibility consultancy based in Dublin and working with clients across the UK and Ireland as experts in the packaging, WEEE and battery fields. At management level we have over 30 years of experience in understanding and interpreting corporate producer responsibility legislation.
Experience and Reputation
We are Northern Ireland's only local packaging compliance scheme. We aim to set the highest standards in the industry and grow primarily by referral. Our reputation has subsequently brought us into the GB market where we have established a strong presence. Nipak is regarded by members and regulators as an experienced and specialist practitioner.
What distinguishes Nipak from other compliance schemes?
● Expertise: We specialise in Northern Ireland producer responsibility packaging waste compliance. This is what we do exclusively, it is not just one part of a broader services portfolio as is often the case with our competitors. We are focused and but have a large circle of associates who support and complement our knowledge base.
● Knowledge: Legislation and interpretation. We are informed and experienced, both academically and in application.
● Local: We have two offices on the island of Ireland and our scheme is based in Belfast which means we can offer face-to-face support and dedicated Northern Ireland advice.
● Diligence: Nipak has never failed an audit. Quite simply, we get it right. Our clients value our attention to detail.
● Value: We aim to save you money, not only through our service and fees but in assuring your compliance obligations.
● Ethics: Nipak is very proud of the ethical impetus that underpins everything we do. We care about the environment and can get quite strident about the benefits of reducing waste for both businesses and society.
● Relationships: We have established dialogues with key industry figures at policy and institute level, along with a wide network of suppliers, brokers, agencies and advisors. These relationships keep our processes informed and ensures that our clients voices and concerns are influential.
● Service: Our key staff and indeed many of our clients have been with us from the early years. Nipak is built on a spirit of personalised customer service and delivery reinforced by the attributes listed above. We come to work with a keen sense of responsibility; to our clients, to the supply chain and to the environment.
Testimonials for Nipak
"Finnebrogue have a longstanding relationship with Nipak. They provide timely, accurate and consistently reliable services. I would definitely recommend Nipak to others, their expertise has been invaluable!"
- Environmental Officer, Finnebrogue
"MediCare has been with Nipak since 2003 and together we have grown our businesses. Nipak and Leaf staff provide pro-active support and guidance. We have been through several audits and have every confidence that they are keeping us right as we have sailed through each one
Simon and his team have a breadth and depth of knowledge that covers not only our sector, but our whole supply chain."
- Operations Director, MediCare
"Nipak are a professional, hassle-free organisation that are very easy to do business with. Nipak took all the hard work out of being compliant. All we had to do was provide quantities and they did the rest.
Uform chose Nipak because we wanted a local company who could provide a personal and friendly service. We could have gotten a lower cost provider but the service provided by NiPak is worth paying extra for. The Nipak services are excellent and allow us more free time for our business."
Operations Manager - UForm
"We have worked with Nipak since 2006. During this time Simon and his team have advised and guided us through the complexities around our waste packaging responsibilities. I would recommend Nipak to anyone looking for straight forward advice in this area".
Scott Bingham, Finance Director, RA Irwin
“Northern Ireland Plastics Ltd. have been a member of Nipak since 2009 and since then we have received a great service from the guys at Nipak. Nipak take another job off my desk and we have every confidence in what they do."
Site Mgr, Northern Ireland Plastics Ltd.
"Both the team at Nipak and the services they provide are excellent. As a client of theirs, ensuring compliance with UK Packaging Waste regulations has been effortless and efficient."
- HR Manager, Capper Trading Ltd
"Armatile have been using Nipak for a number of years now and have always found them to be extremely professional in all that they do. We have just been through an audit which Nipak members attended. It turned out to be a very straightforward and speedy exercise as the quality and accuracy of the information provided was of a very high standard. It is important to Armatile that we meet our obligations with regard to packaging waste and with the help of Nipak we are confident that we are."
- IT Manager, Armatile
"Working with Leaf Group has taken a burden of administration away from my SME - I am glad to have the services of a professional company such as Leaf / Nipak to ensure compliance with the packaging waste producer responsibilities."
- J.E. - Elliott's Tradition
"We are very pleased with our relationship with Nipak. They have always been co-operative, helpful and prepared to ensure the company's Compliance requirements are achieved. The information provided has always been accurate and professionally presented"
Prime Pac Ltd NI
“Nipak have provided a fantastic level of support to The Denroy Group for many years. Each year we are faced with the challenge of compiling accurate data for waste packaging compliance and Nipak have been there every step of the way to ensure we get everything right first time. With onsite support through audits in 2010 and 2014, Nipak have always been there to advise and guide us. We would have no hesitation in recommending their services.”
Business Supply Chain Co-Ordinator, The Denroy Group
"For over a decade, Dillon Bass has entrusted NIPAK with the responsibility of ensuring its compliance with the UK Packaging Waste Regulations.
Dillon Bass transferred from a large UK scheme to NIPAK because of their local knowledge and ability to meet in person and we have found them much superior in terms of communication and reliability.
They are very professional and know our business inside out when it comes to waste packaging compliance. We have been audited a number of times and have been complimented on the quality and clarity of information in our submissions.
NIPAK do all the hard work allowing us to focus on our core business operations and I would have no hesitation in recommending their services."
- Operations Manager, Dillon Bass
"Maine Soft Drinks can recommend Nipak's professionalism and experience, a great mix of service and value for money."
- Maine Soft Drinks
"We moved to Nipak after a poor experience with our previous compliance company. The data collection process is very efficient and is all dealt with via email and post. We receive our four quarterly invoices promptly and have never had any issues or discrepancies. The prices we pay now are much more competitive and the service we receive from the company is excellent. I would highly recommend the company for your compliance needs as they make the whole process simple and stress free."
J. Cairnduff - Supervalu - Moira
“Haldane Fisher have partnered with Nipak since 2005. Their assistance with our annual submission has always been thorough and professional, allowing us to focus on our core business. Their input has ensured that audits have been completed quickly and effortlessly.”
G. Cranney- Associate Director, Managing – Newry, Haldane Fisher
Core Management Team & Responsibilities
Simon established Leaf Environmental in 2000 when he identified a need within the Irish packaging and waste compliance sector for a more service orientated and environment focused consultancy; one that would help businesses give back to the environment by reducing packaging waste in the first instance, whilst meeting obligations in an efficient and cost-effective way. Our client base brought us into the UK market in 2003 and the Scottish market in 2006.
Since the mid-90's Simon has specialised in packaging, waste management, and environmental auditing along with management systems in associated fields. As an independent consultant and services provider he has extensive experience in business development and project management.
Institutions & Policy
Simon is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and was the founder Chair for the Irish branch of The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). His involvement in the industry at policy level in both the UK and Ireland ensures that the Leaf Environmental consultancy services stay relevant and informed.
Ashling is a principal consultant and the Operations Director. She has an exceptional working understanding of all matters relating to waste, corporate responsibility and the environment. Ashling oversees all aspects of packaging, WEEE & battery compliance and reporting across all jurisdictions.
Before joining Leaf in 2002 Ashling was an account manager at Repak with responsibilities for implementation of waste management and minimisation strategies plus data management training. She brought this experience, drive and delivery to Leaf and has been instrumental in the growth and direction of the group.
Ashling helps businesses navigate their way through the Producer responsibilities that affect them, striving to identify the best route to compliance for their operations. Companies benefit from the breadth of her experience and specialist knowledge; benefits that can be measured in cost and efficiency along with the assurance that compliance has been achieved correctly.
Producer Responsibility legislation now has implications for every stage of the supply of goods. Knowledgeable and informed, many of our large supply-chain clients rely on Ashling as their first point of contact for compliance and operational advice.
Emmet is a senior consultant. He joined Leaf in 2003 with an MSc in Applied Environmental Science and his role has evolved in such a way that he is now an integral member of the senior team. He is an Associate Member of the CIWM.
Emmet specialises in interpreting Producer Responsibility legislation, providing informed advice and assisting businesses that have packaging, WEEE and battery waste obligations.
He is pivotal to the reputation that the Leaf Group enjoys for client care and keen attention to detail. Emmet works closely with new clients, guiding them through the complex demands of direct registration or scheme membership, from providing advice to the full portfolio of reporting and supporting services.
Emmet also has responsibility for ensuring that compliance scheme members meet their obligations in a timely manner. As well as interpretation and information, this role can involve partial or complete data management and submission, as well as associated compliance responsibilities.