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.

Are you prepared for EPR?

The Government announced its formal EPR consultation response in March 2022, and this pragmatic response utilises the existing recycling infrastructure and funding mechanism (PRNs) and changes the funding of local authority recycling collections.

To achieve this, more complex data is needed and increased payment from producers and importers.

Clarity is the best positioned compliance scheme to help producers & importers navigate the changing requirements of EPR, and to help them reduce the cost impact.

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

28th March 2022

Second consultation responses published


Phase One EPR in place, legislative changes introduced


Introduction of modulated fees for producers

EPR for 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.

Comply with Clarity

With one of the largest packaging schemes in the UK, we offer our members up to date and comprehensive guidance on upcoming legislation, a bespoke service tailored to your specific business needs and cost- effective, ethical solutions.

We believe in low cost, but high-quality service that doesn’t sacrifice sustainability. All our members receive specialist support throughout the entirety of the compliance process, and recycling evidence you can trust.

Complete Data Solutions

Under upcoming and existing environmental regulations such as the EPR system and Plastic Packaging Tax, data submissions are becoming more demanding than ever. We have created a robust data solution platform, ‘Complete Data Solutions’ and a team of experts on hand to ease the newfound complexity of data submissions.

Our team of data analysts ensure a constructive and personalised service, offering guidance on cost saving initiatives and optimising your packaging to meet your sustainability goals. Our data platform enables transparent and simple data management and submissions with Complete Clarity.

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Quarterly data released for Q3

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Summary of government response to PRN reform consultation

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