NOTICE: The government have announced a delay for the EPR waste management fees until October 2025. Reporting regulations still stand for 2023/2024, we will continue to update our information as and when the government make announcements.
EPR – Extended Producer Responsibility
Test Valley Packaging has partnered with Wastepack to help our customers understand Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and fulfill their environmental obligations. With EPR, producers take responsibility for their products’ lifecycle and waste management. Our collaboration enables us to provide customers with the latest government information, sustainable packaging solutions, and guidance to minimise waste management fees.
We simplify the complexities of EPR regulations, keeping you informed and offering practical solutions to optimise your practices. Join us in embracing EPR, driving sustainable change, and creating a circular economy. Explore our range of information and become part of a greener future with Test Valley Packaging and Wastepack.
*Disclaimer, the information provided within our EPR hub is based on the current government updates and guidance. The assessment provided is for guidance only. UK Businesses should look to carry out their own due diligence to ensure they are complying with the EPR obligations. You can contact Wastepack UK for more information http://www.wastepack.co.uk
What is EPR Packaging?
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy tool that holds producers accountable for the complete financial burden of managing the packaging they introduce to the UK market at its end-of-life stage. The UK Government initially expressed its intention to implement EPR for packaging in the 2018 Resources and Waste Strategy and has subsequently released multiple consultations on the matter.
EPR represents a reform of the existing Packaging Waste Regulations (PWR) and is being gradually implemented this year. During 2023, it will run concurrently with the PWR, imposing obligations under both frameworks. However, starting in 2024, EPR will fully replace the PWR, necessitating obligated producers to fulfill reporting and financial obligations within the scope of EPR. This transition signifies a significant step towards ensuring producers assume greater responsibility for the environmental impact of their packaging throughout its lifecycle.
We have put together a champion team to provide our customers all the information they need to know about EPR and how to future-proof their business with sustainable solutions.
- The new Small Producer threshold will see more packaging producers reporting data.
- Under EPR there will be more complex data requirements, including biannual submissions for Large Producers.
- Separate reporting requirements to report packaging supplied by nation.
- A new Local Authority (LA) Waste Management Fee will be introduced, in addition to PRN/PERN costs.
- For Large Producers the first EPR reporting period is January to June 2023. Submissions for this period will be accepted from July and must be with the regulator by 1st October 2023.
- For Small Producers the first EPR reporting period is January to December 2023. Submissions for this period will be accepted from January 2024.
- A modulated fee structure will be introduced from 2025 offering financial incentive to encourage sustainable packaging design to reduce EPR costs.
- Those difficult-to-recycle or unrecyclable packaging materials will attract higher fees.
- Mandatory labelling will be introduced in 2026, and all packaging will need to display a binary ‘recycle’ or ‘do not recycle’ label.