What is EPR for Packaging?
Producer responsibility for businesses that supply or import packaging in the UK is changing with the phased implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) from 2023. EPR is a policy tool which requires producers to be responsible for the full net cost of managing the packaging they place on the UK market at the end of its life. The UK Government first announced their intention to introduce EPR for packaging in the Resources and Waste Strategy published in 2018 and have since published several consultations.
EPR is a reform of the existing Packaging Waste Regulations (PWR) which is being phased in from 2023. Data reporting under EPR will run alongside the PWR’s for 2023 and 2024 with requirements under both sets of legislation. From 2025, EPR will replace the PWR, and obligated producers will be required to both reporting and finance EPR obligations.
Who is obligated under EPR?
A business will have an obligation under EPR if it’s annual turnover exceeds £1 million, and it handles or supplies over 25 tonnes of packaging in a calendar year.
There are two key thresholds which determine whether an organisation responsible for packaging will be obligated with reporting only as a Small Producer or reporting and financing obligations as a Large Producer.
- Large Producers (LP) exceed both £2m annual turnover and more than 50 tonnes of packaging handled or supplied in a calendar year. LP’s will be required to report biannually from 2023 and finance EPR obligations via PRN/PERNs and the LA Waste Management Fee from 2025.
- Small Producers (SP) have either an annual turnover between £1m & £2m, and more than 25 tonnes of packaging handled in a calendar year OR an annual turnover over £1m and between 25 and 50 tonnes of packaging handled or supplied in a calendar year. SP’s have annual obligations - packaging data for 2023 will be required for submission early 2024.
If you meet either of these thresholds our team can help you understand what EPR means for your business - contact us today.
Some LP's and SP's may be required to submit nation data annually in addition to the standard EPR data reporting. Nation data is information about which country in the UK your packaging has been sold, hired, loaned, gifted or discarded in.
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Key points to be aware of:
- 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 from 2025, 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 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 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, and all packaging will need to display a binary 'recycle' or 'do not recycle' label.
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With EPR reporting requirements for many this year, the new regulation may be a daunting prospect. With over two decades experience in producer compliance our team have the knowledge and skills to support your EPR compliance.