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Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is one of four ongoing areas of reform to the UK & Resources Waste strategy alongside Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), Plastic Tax and consistency of waste collections, which will have a phased implementation from 2023 and will have a huge effect on those who place packaging onto the UK market.
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 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.
The long-awaited second round of consultations for an Extended Producer Responsibility system in the UK is now live, and open to stakeholders until Friday 4th June. If you are a producer or brand owner of packaging that is placed on the UK market, it is imperative you read, understand and respond to the ongoing consultations and have a working knowledge of the impact assessment for more detail into the forecasted costs of the system.
Timeline for the introduction of EPR for businesses:
Theresa May sets out UK 25-year environmental plan
The UK Resources and Waste Strategy is published
Defra releases first consultations, in three parts
First consultation closes
Consultation responses released
24th March 2021
Second round of consultation released
4th June 2021
2nd consultation deadline closes
Estimated publication of second round consultation responses
Phase One EPR in place, legislative changes introduced
Extended Producer Responsibility will impact significantly on packaging producers. Possible 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.
– Changes to the de minimis threshold.
– Different data reporting systems.
– Significant transitional issues around funding and application of a new system.
Our in-house specialists are here to support 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.
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