Do you know what your Extended Producer Responsibility obligations will be?

After much anticipation, the UK government has released its second consultation on a new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system for packaging waste. This latest consultation represents a crucial opportunity for brand owners, manufacturers and stakeholders to shape a major overhaul in waste packaging legislation. Respondents have until June 4, 2021 to provide feedback to the…

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Will EPR reform stimulate innovation, or threaten its future?

By David Harding-Brown, CEO, ecoveritas The government’s consultation update on packaging waste has sent shockwaves through the packaging and branding communities. Launched on March 24, 2021, the consultation invites responses by June 4, by which time interested parties from across the spectrum of the packaging world have to figure out how they are going to…

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EPR reform: Why Brands Must Work Together To Ensure Innovation Remains At The Heart Of Packaging

Packaging data specialist, ecoveritas believes packaging design and innovation investment is now at risk due to the UK government’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) reforms. Should these proposed EPR reforms be implemented, ecoveritas CEO David Harding-Brown claims that the available budgets for developing effective, sustainable and minimal waste packaging may ‘simply evaporate’ before the revival period…

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Know your EPR numbers: Why brands need to ensure the figures add up

Brand owners risk slowing the upward momentum of sustainability without the capacity to turn big data into meaningful action, according to ecoVeritas. David Harding-Brown, CEO of the packaging data specialist, believes there is a danger that brands’ efforts to reduce their environmental impact will be lost in ‘white noise’ as consumers become disconnected and apathetic…

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South America Update

In our Summer newsletter we had an article assessing the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) trends across South America. As the regulatory frameworks are in a period of fast development in this region, below we take a further look and provide some updates. Chile An Implementing Regulation to the EPR Law was finalised at the end…

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Design for Environment: does EPR encourage it?

As more and more countries around the world begin to implement varying forms of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), it is worth pausing to consider what the desired outcomes of EPR are. The first, in most cases, is as a tax, or an investment in the recycling industry. This means less waste reaching landfill sites and…

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Global EPR: some interesting systems

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) across the EU has followed similar structures, such as the predominance of a system for packaging and legal obligations for action and payments for covered producers. This is hardly surprising giving the presence of EU directives for these schemes. However, such directives are not present for many countries globally, meaning there…

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Paint recycling in the UK: room for improvement?

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Product Stewardship regulations have been applied to a variety of different waste areas under a large range of different states. One waste product for which there are schemes globally, although not in the UK, is paint. EPR schemes for paint are in place in most states across Canada, providing free-to-use…

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France Bans Plastic

In the last twelve months, French authorities have brought in bans on various different single use, “non-recyclable” plastic items, such as plastic bags and crockery. As of the 1st July 2016, all plastic carrier bags thinner than 50 microns, and with a volume of less than 10 litres, can no longer be given to consumers…

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Recycling Targets and Rates in Europe

In light of the new recycling targets set out in the 2017 Spring Budget, a comparison of recycling in the UK with the rest of Europe feels appropriate. This posts looks at the Recycling targets and rates across Europe and then focusses on two countries. Each country is free to choose how they act upon the…

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