Packaging Compliance

Extended Producer Responsibility

Are you obligated under the packaging regulations?

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is one of four ongoing areas of reform to the UK & Resources Waste strategy alongside Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), Plastic Packaging Tax and consistency of waste collections, which will have a phased implementation from 2024 and will have a huge effect on those who place packaging onto the UK market.

What is Extended Producer Responsibility?

EPR proposes that those who place packaging on to the UK market should be responsible for up to 100% of the costs of recycling these materials, in line with the polluter pays principle. The policy seeks to reduce the amount of unnecessary and difficult to recycle packaging and increase the amount of packaging that can be, and is recycled. It suggests that the full net costs of managing packaging waste are placed on those businesses who use packaging and who are best placed to influence its design.

Extended Producer Responsibility

Timeline for the introduction of EPR for businesses:

January 2018

Theresa May sets out UK 25-year environmental plan

December 2018

The UK Resources and Waste Strategy is published

February 2019

Defra releases first consultations, in three parts

24th March 2021

Second round of consultation released

March 2022

Second consultation responses published

2024

Phase One EPR in place, legislative changes introduced

2025

Introduction of modulated fees for producers

Packaging Producers

Extended Producer Responsibility will impact significantly on packaging producers. Changes include:

– An increase in how much producers pay for packaging compliance – estimated to be ten times the price of compliance in 2017.
– Modulated fees.
– A single point of compliance, with the responsibilities placed predominantly on brand owners and importers.
– Additional reporting required for businesses with a turnover of £1 and placing 25 tonnes of packaging onto the UK market.
– Introduction of a scheme administrator.
– Significant transitional issues around funding and application of a new system.

Changes to packaging regulations

Our in-house specialists are here to support UK packaging producers through legislative change, and can explain how Extended Producer Responsibility could impact your business. From forecasts, to webinars and training, we can help you to future-proof your packaging, ensuring compliance under new regulations whilst enabling your business to grow.

EPR is coming- is your data ready?

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

21st June 2022

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EPR to revolutionise recycling rates in the UK

With recycling rates falling by 2% (44%) across England and the failure to meet the 2020 target of 50% of household waste to be recycled, consumers and those in the waste industry alike question what the solution is to falling recycling rates. 

31st May 2022

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April data released

The monthly data for April, published on May 10th, shows low production across most PRN grades apart from wood.

31st May 2022

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