Member Fees and Ts&Cs


To become a member of the On-Pack Recycling Label scheme and start putting the label on your packaging you must pay the appropriate annual subscription fee in advance to OPRL Ltd. Membership (except concessionary rates) gives access to all our services and support, except our consumer facing app for which additional fees apply. We will ask you to meet the scheme’s rules (set out in our Ts&Cs available to download below) and will enforce these through our compliance monitoring.

Headline conditions include:

  • restrictions on sharing information and assets with suppliers, who will need to join in their own right if management of packaging design and production is out-sourced;
  • using labels on client packaging only where the client is also an OPRL member;
  • using OPRL generated label artwork only;
  • full and timely co-operation with audit procedures;
  • removal of all OPRL labels from packaging ranges and destruction of all OPRL assets held physically or electronically by you or your suppliers on leaving the scheme.

WE HAVE RESTRUCTURED OUR FEES FOR ALL NEW MEMBERSHIPS AND RENEWALS ON OR AFTER 1 APRIL 2018.

This ensures those benefitting most from OPRL services ie those generating the largest volumes of packaging, make the largest contribution to covering our costs, and aligns retailer and brand fee structures more closely to those already applying to packaging manufacturers and designers.  These rates incorporate an additional licensing fee charge for enhanced sustainable design services coming on stream in the next few months.

The annual fees from 1 April 2018 are:

£3700 (+VAT) for major brands, retailers and packaging manufacturers, including groups with one or more subsidiaries, placing over 1 billion pieces of packaging on the UK market each year (as declared in PRN returns)

£2500 (+VAT) for large brands and retailers placing between 250 million to 1 billion pieces  of packaging on the UK market each year (as declared in PRN returns) and for packaging manufacturers whose production falls below 1 billion pieces pa

£1700 (+VAT) for design agencies, packer/fillers and other suppliers producing no packaging under the PRN system

£1400 (+VAT) for brands and retailers placing less than 250 million pieces of packaging on the UK market each year (as declared in PRN returns)

£299 (+VAT)* for small businesses and charities exempt from PRNs ie placing less than 50t of packaging on the UK market each year, and for micro design studios with a single client, on condition that a recurring subscription made automatically by electronic payment is put in place

*This excludes access to our new design tool, to be launched fully in autumn 2018. Optional use can be secured for the additional fee of £250 (+VAT) pa.

Membership also gives you the opportunity to join additional services such as our recycling app We Recycle, currently piloting ahead of full national launch in 2019, for an additional fee.  Please contact members@oprl.org.uk for more details.

As a not-for-profit company we set our fees to cover our costs in delivering our ever-expanding services to members, re-investing any surplus in developing new services and furthering the aims of the scheme. No dividend is distributed.

On each anniversary of your membership you must pay the renewal fee applying at that time. Failure to pay any fee owed within 60 days of the due date will result in the sub-licence agreement being suspended and your access to services being withdrawn.  Further delay will result in termination. This means you will not be able to use the label on any of your packaging.

Any changes to fees may be notified to members in writing and/or set out on this website.

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