Packaging Declaration. What is it and how it is done?

Why submit the declaration every year?

National and EU legislation specifies that companies that place household packaging on the market are responsible for the waste associated with it. Before the 28th of February of every year, they must report to the Collective Extended Producer Responsibility System (SCRAP, in Spanish) of which they form part, in this case Ecoembes, the packaging they place in the market the previous year. This is done through the so-called Packaging Declaration.

In the case of commercial packaging, Ecoembes is promoting the creation of a SCRAP that extends its scope to this packaging type. Once created, its corresponding Packaging Declaration will be defined.

The household Packaging Declaration includes the economic contribution calculation regarding the packaged goods traded by the company in the last calendar year. This contribution will depend both on the number of packaging placed in the market and their weight and the type of material.

To ensure that all companies that are part of Ecoembes comply with their legal obligations and verify the quality of the data reported, we establish several control mechanisms and offer a declaration support service.

We explain everything below.

Ordinary declaration

As a company, you have to provide detailed information on the products, packaging, and annual sales. We explain in detail the information you have to provide, how to file this paperwork and the support service we offer at Ecoembes.

How to manage your packaging outside of Spain

You have to comply with each European country's applicable regulations regarding packaging and its waste in that territory. To meet your responsibilities, you can join a Collective Extended Producer Responsibility System (SCRAP) in the country, which you can learn about through organizations such as Expra, which brings together several European SCRAPs. 

What happens if I do not submit the declaration on time?

Each year, before 28 February, you must submit the annual declaration on the packaging placed on the market in the previous year, as per Art. 17.1 of Royal Decree 1055/2022 on Packaging and Packaging Waste. If you just joined Ecoembes, however, you have one month from reception of the signed contract to report on the packaging placed on the market.

If the declaration is not submitted on time, the company is excluded from the annual report Ecoembes sends on 31 March to Autonomous Communities regarding companies that have submitted the declaration. In addition, a delay in the submission of the declaration entails an economic penalty, according to the provisions in the Ecoembes membership contract.

Learn about our control mechanisms

At Ecoembes we establish control and verification mechanisms for packaging declarations that do not only redound on the preservation of the environment, but also on all companies that are part of Ecoembes. Here we give you all the details.

Do you need help to prepare your declaration?

We want this process to be as quick and easy as possible for you. Therefore, we offer you different help options.

Frequently asked questions

Here you will find the most common queries companies send us regarding the packaging declaration.


Support service

We offer a full support service free of charge. Find information here.

Contact channels

You may call us on 900 848 382 or email us to

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