The latest EPR consultation has confirmed that there will be a single point of compliance. Government have proposed that there will be six categories of obligated producers who will have varying obligations: brand owners, importers, distributors, online market places and sellers. Costs will be recovered throughout the supply chain as additional charges are made. Some businesses that are not obligated in the current system may find they are.
Businesses in the new system will also no longer be required to purchase evidence of recycling based on tonnage, but instead fund the full net cost of collection, recycling, disposal, the clear-up of littered packaging, and communications. This will be through mechanisms such as a deposit return scheme and modulated fees. These are all currently subject to consultation. A plastic packaging tax will also penalise those not using at least 30% recycled content in their plastic packaging placed on the market.
A further aspect of the EPR framework will be the introduction of a binary standardised labelling system. The details of this will be confirmed after the second consultation that closed in June 2021, but all producers will be required to adapt their packaging formats.
Find out more about the new EPR mechanisms below:
If you are a producer of packaging in the UK you will be affected by modulated fees, used to financially incentivise the use of more sustainable and recyclable materials.Read more
The plastic packaging tax will directly affect producers of packaging that is predominantly plastic by weight with less than 30% recycled content - are you ready?Read more
The DRS is set to be implemented in Scotland in 2022 with England following in 2024. All producers of in-scope drink containers will be required to meet a collection target set by government. Are you affected?Read more
The second consultations for packaging Extended Producer Responsibility and a Deposit Return Scheme were released by UK Governments in March and closed in June 2021.Read more
It is important that you stay abreast of the latest updates from government as they will directly impact your business, from the official consultation responses to the draft and implemented legislation. Being fully informed means you can ensure your wider team not only know the impacts to expect, they can respond proactively sooner. We inform our members of important milestones and updates and we always publish the latest news on our website.
EPR will require much higher levels of data reporting than the current packaging compliance requirements, but you don't need to wait until EPR is implemented to start this. By collecting this level of detail now, you will achieve full transparency of the potential impact on your business and you will be able to efficiently comply when EPR comes into force. Our team can get you started with this requirement now, contact us to find out how.
Once you have control of your data, you can model your costs to assess the full impact of EPR before it comes into force. Our team are on hand to enable you to do this with the minimum of fuss, contact us to find out more.
With full control of your data you can start to take strategic decisions about how to reduce the environmental impact of your packaging and your EPR costs. Our team are again on hand to help you do this, contact us to find out more.
We are developing further services to support our members with the future requirements of EPR and we are working with government and industry to seek further clarification on the mechanics and future requirements. We will continue to offer guidance as legislation is updated and we will let our members know what further support we will provide in the future.