extended producer responsibility

Keeping you informed on the future of EPR in the UK

EPR is coming - are you prepared?

In the Resources and Waste strategy issued in December 2018, Defra committed to review and consult on Extended Producer Responsibility and product standards for five new waste streams by the end of 2025. They plan to complete two of these waste streams by 2022. The five areas detailed below have been identified as priorities for future EPR.


This is likely to include all clothing, as well as other household and commercial textiles such as bed linens. The Environmental Audit Committee have been very interested in the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry, having opened a new inquiry into the subject.
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Of particular concern for textiles is the global prevalence of microplastics from clothes washing and the impacts of manufacture, a staggeringly huge problem.

You can read more now in our blog focusing on textiles EPR and what we can expect to see in the future, please click here. We can also send you updates concerning potential environmental legislation on textiles. Please fill in the contact form at the bottom of this page to register your interest with our team.

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Bulky waste

This is likely to include mattresses, furniture and carpets. Due to their size they are often problematic to collect and due to their material make-up, they can be difficult to recycle.
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Old sofa bed

Mattresses in particular seem like an ideal candidate for Extended Producer Responsibility, however it does lead to the question of how to define them - would it include sofa beds for example?

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Construction and demolition materials

The full list of products and materials in scope are yet to be defined, and will be subject to further review and consultation.
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It is clear that a proper functioning producer responsibility regime shouldn’t just ensure that revenues are funnelled into the resource management industry, it should incentivise the right material or product being used in the first place.

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Read more about the potential for building and demolition EPR, including how future regulation could work, in our blog by head of policy Robbie Staniforth: Building producer responsibility for construction and demolition waste

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Building and construction EPR

Vehicle tyres

In the UK, the Tyre Recovery Association lists plenty of information on how to be a responsible retailer but the truth is that without Extended Producer Responsibility, there is an option to be an irresponsible one. This is high on the agenda in Scotland too, with SEPA currently consulting on a sector plan.
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Tyre EPR

The Extended Producer Responsibility system design would likely need to factor in design characteristics because end-of-life disposal is just one part of the problem - for example microplastics from tyre wear is a significant contributor to ocean plastic.

With the way tyres are currently designed, a significant shift would be required to make an impact on this troubling issue.

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Fishing gear

The EU is set to introduce legislation to implement EPR for fishing gear. DEFRA supports this measure and expects to review and consult on its own EPR scheme.
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Thanks to the BBC’s Blue Planet II, the problem of plastic fishing nets has been heightened in the public’s conscience. While alternatives are being sought to reduce the number of sea creatures injured during the equipment’s operation, there is currently very little activity to reduce the number of low-cost nets being dumped at sea.

The UK is unlikely to make a huge difference by volume, but it could become a world-leader in demonstrating how to deal with this issue. It is paramount that we ensure any new requirements do not create a competitive disadvantage for our fishing industry, this will be a key consideration in any consultation with industry.

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