Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Businesses that operate in the UK and supply packaging onto the UK market will see the way they report and meet their recycling obligations change.

 

The current Producer Responsibility regulations are being replaced with Extended Producer
Responsibility (EPR). EPR represents a variety of legislation that seeks to increase the quality of
recyclable materials and create a more sustainable, circular economy. With this comes a reform of
the current Packaging Waste Regulations.

With the current regulations, packaging obligations are shared across the supply chain. However,
with EPR there will be a single point of compliance and producers will be responsible for the full cost
of managing household packaging waste including the cost of collection, sorting, recycling and
disposal. These costs will move from taxpayers to producers and with a lower threshold, we will see
more companies brought into compliance.

Until EPR is fully enforced in 2025, the two sets of legislation, The Producer Responsibility
Obligations (Packaging Waste) regulations & EPR, will run alongside each other.

    How Smart Comply can help.

    Our team at Smart Comply can help you meet your packaging obligations under EPR. We are on
    hand to provide support, advice and answers to any questions you have.
    On behalf of our members, Smart Comply are responsible for:

    • Submitting packaging data to the environmental regulator and ensuring data is as accurate
      as reasonably possible.
    • Reporting organisation details and keeping them up to date.
    • Handling packaging waste recycling notes (PRNS – these are evidence that packaging has
      been recycled, recovered or exported).
    • Paying fees and charges to the environmental regulator.

    Please get in touch today for a competitive quote.

    As a compliance scheme, we will conduct the following tasks for each of our members:

    Key dates

    • 1st Oct 2023 – Scheme to submit large producer data for the first 6 months of 2023.
    • 1st April 2024 – Scheme member registrations.
    • 1st April 2024 – Scheme to submit large producer data for the last 6 months of 2023.

    Thresholds

    Like the current regulations, not all businesses are obligated under EPR. There is a threshold to
    determine obligated businesses which is based on placed on the market tonnages and business
    turnover.

    Small Producers    Large Producers

    *Packaging Tonnage – This is the aggregated total from ALL packaging activities, including selling, as
    defined by the regulations.

    Defra resources

    • The Collection and Packaging Reforms newsletters which you can sign up to here:
    • The Business Readiness Forums. You will be informed of when there are happening by signing up to the newsletter linked above.
    • The .gov webpages on EPR: here:
    • The EA Technical Interpretations and agreed positions document which will be regularly updated: here

    EPR represents a variety of legislation that seeks to increase the quality of recyclable materials and create a more sustainable, circular economy.