Defra publishes collection of guidance on extended producer responsibility

Defra has released a page summarising all of its guidance for extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging. 

Extended producer responsibility Defra signThe new regulations apply to all UK organisations that import or supply packaging and mean that these organisations may be responsible for the costs of dealing with packaging waste.

The guidance – published today (31 August) – is for all organisations that may be affected. It explains how to work out whether the new regulations apply to your organisation; what information that organisation will need to collect and submit, and how to submit said information.

Defra has in recent weeks released a host of documents related to EPR for packaging, including an example file showing how packaging data submissions must be structured and compiled on 8 August.

In July, Defra announced that the collection of EPR fees would be delayed until October 2025. While acknowledging the need for the delay, the waste sector stressed that it urgently needed clarity from Defra and that work needed to be done to ‘rebuild confidence’.

There is currently a call for responses on the draft statutory instrument on EPR for packaging and how it reflects the approach set out in the Government's consultation response of March 2022. This new consultation will close on 9 October 2023.

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