Packaging Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy tool coming into force from 2023 to make producers significantly more responsible for the packaging they place on the market, at the end of its life.
The purpose is to incentivise the use of less and more easily recyclable packaging materials, ensure that as much packaging material as possible is recycled and that adequate funding is raised to cover the cost of collecting and recycling packaging material when it becomes waste.
Who is impacted?
Under packaging EPR the point of compliance sits with a single organisation, usually the brand owner or importer.
You may have required actions if you’re an individual business, subsidiary or group; have an annual turnover of £1 million pounds or more; are responsible for more than 25 tonnes of packaging in a calendar year; and you carry out any of the seven packaging activities listed by government.
Packaging EPR in the UK is being phased in from 2023 and is expected to be fully implemented by 2027. You should identify if your organisation is impacted now, as you may need to start collecting comprehensive data about the packaging you handle or supply from 1 January 2023, along with other required actions.
Our explainer video runs through the key implementation dates you need to know.
What do you need to do?
There are four key steps you need to focus on for packaging EPR. Our video explains how we can help you every step of the way:
Prepare - understand how your organisation is impacted and your required actions.
Collect - efficiently gather the required data about your packaging.
Comply - register, submit data and pay financial obligations on time.
Improve - reduce the environmental impact of your packaging and your EPR liabilities.
As your packaging data partner, we'll help you prepare, collect, comply and improve for Extended Producer Responsibility. Our interactive analytical dashboards will also enable you to budget, model scenarios and develop a strategy to reduce your liabilities.
Importantly we will enable you to gain a holistic view of your packaging environmental impact in the context of the Plastic Packaging Tax, EPR, the DRS and your own recyclability goals.