EPR is coming- is your data ready?

The introduction of EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) is well on its way and eligible businesses should be preparing for the new regulations now.

The new policy tool aims to take the onus of packaging waste cost from the consumer to the supply chain. EPR is set to mitigate the environmental impacts of packaging put onto the UK market and encourage a circular economy; local authorities are set to receive more budget to better manage recycling waste and develop educational campaigns to promote accurate domestic and communal recycling.

Extended Producer Responsibility will tackle waste prevention as well as waste management. It aims to encourage producers and brand owners to use more easily recyclable materials in their packaging to avoid the additional cost of EPR.

Experts in the waste and sustainability industry agree that an EPR system will have an overall positive effect on sustainability and creating a greener world, however his comes at the cost of certain members of the supply chain, namely brand owners.

On 7th June 2022, Defra released new guidance on the incoming EPR regulations which confirmed that businesses must start collating and analysing EPR ready packaging data from January 2023. Although your business may already be collecting packaging data under existing regulations, accuracy will become much more important under EPR. Businesses will be required to include far more information in their submission, breaking down base materials to polymers and components in their submission.

To date, the packaging regulations have only applied to businesses with a minimum turnover of £2 million and are responsible for placing 50T and over of packaging onto the UK market. Under EPR, companies that put just 25T of packaging onto the UK market will now be required to submit detailed packaging data every 6 months.

As well as EPR, we can also assist with data compliance for Plastic Packaging Tax and can also support customer requests, sustainability reporting and cost forecasting.

Here at Clarity, we have been preparing for EPR for several months. Our Clarity Data Platform is aimed at ensuring obligated businesses can comply efficiently with the new regulations. Our approach is to make data sourcing, collating, analysing, and submitting as simple as possible. Our packaging data team has been specifically set up to ease the strain on businesses.

To avoid unnecessary costs, businesses are urged to begin sourcing and collating their data now.

Prepare for EPR now

To find out more about EPR and how we can get you ready, please get in touch, our team of specialists will answer your query as soon as possible.

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