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Understanding Global Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy approach in which a producer’s responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product’s life cycle. Its intention is to shift the product responsibility upstream toward the producer and seeks to incentivise producers to take account of environmental considerations when designing products.

Global EPR
ecoveritas makes the complex, simple

Today, many different international compliance programmes exist placing different obligations on producers. One of the major challenges faced by companies is ensuring compliance in all of the countries where they operate.

At ecoveritas, our compliance consultants work with your team to quickly assess your obligations by country and provide an efficient, cost-effective, outsourced solution to your registration and reporting needs. From managing scheme registrations and memberships to paying your compliance scheme fees, ecoveritas simplifies the entire administration process to make your life easy!

ecoveritas

offers compliance services for EPR programmes around the world

Systems for packaging waste have very similar provisions in Australia to those in Europe, as Australian states and territories have principal responsibility for the environment, and several states have adopted product stewardship policies for packaging waste.

The regulatory base is set out in the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure 2011 (NEPM). This obligates companies who sell or produce packaged goods to come up with ways to design more recyclable, compostable or reusable packaging. It also underpins the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s work, which is to promote shared responsibility, recycling and circular economy.

Obligated companies are the brand owners who have an annual turnover exceeding AUD 5 million in a year. Those below the threshold can join the Covenant voluntarily.

If your company imported or manufactured more than a threshold amount of computers or printers in Australia, it has a legal responsibility to organise the collection and recycling of these products.

There are a number of other voluntary schemes that companies are able to join to ensure that their products are properly managed for their full life cycle.

EPR regulation matrix

To support packaging manufacturers, brands and retailers understand their obligations, we have designed a detailed global EPR regulation matrix. It covers 60+ countries and provides instant access to global EPR legislation, recycling labelling, voluntary schemes and much more that could impact your business.

With the matrix, businesses can quickly establish in which countries they have liability. Our service includes further support through webinar and newsletter updates.

The matrix is updated on a quarterly basis and new countries are continually added.

Do you require a matrix that is tailored to your business needs? For more information contact the team today!

ecoveritas offers a range of global EPR Services

Our team of ecoveritas compliance consultants can support your business to save time, money and improve your compliance program!
Global EPR Research & Data Management

ecoveritas offers effective and efficient EPR reporting solutions to enable brands, retailers and manufacturers alike to build robust and reliable compliance management processes that minimise errors and administration costs, while speeding up completion.

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Highly accurate, tailored
calculations for packaging
EPR

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Secure data collection and
submission services

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Research on global
legislation and advice for
importers and exporters

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Annual, quarterly, and monthly data submissions (as required) to country-specific compliance schemes

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Registration with the respective
overseeing authorities

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Full accessibility and visibility
of your data

Make managing compliance easy and efficient with ecoveritas!

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Voluntary Commitment Data Reporting

Many of the EPR schemes around the world are legally binding for the parties concerned, with penalties for non-compliance. However, a number of voluntary initiatives also exist where formal EPR regulations are emerging or not in place this includes in the USA, Australia and Singapore for example.

Companies may also choose to align with voluntary programmes to boost sustainability credentials.

We offer a range of services including:

ecoveritas can support you with any Voluntary EPR schemes including:

Greenpeace

ecoveritas uses component-level data to calculate your annual EIA submission and Greenpeace survey for supermarkets on plastic packaging. The analysis can include number of units and tonnage of single-use plastic packaging placed on the market, percentage of single use plastic packaging which is widely recyclable, average percentage of recycled content in own brand packaging as well as sales and tonnage of single-use secondary and tertiary packaging.

UK Plastic Pact

ecoveritas uses component-level data to calculate your annual EIA submission and Greenpeace survey for supermarkets on plastic packaging. The analysis can include number of units and tonnage of single-use plastic packaging placed on the market, percentage of single use plastic packaging which is widely recyclable, average percentage of recycled content in own brand packaging as well as sales and tonnage of single-use secondary and tertiary packaging.

Australasian Recycling Label Generation (ARL)

ecoveritas offers generation of PREP (Packaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal) report services for members of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO).

ecoveritas provides guidance on correct completions, as well as generates the final PREP reports.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

ecoveritas offers packaging footprint data collection and services to assist with the preparation of Ellen MacArthur (EMA) ‘The New Plastic Economy Global Commitment’ annual submission. This includes collection and preparation of data for the quantitative sections, data validation and QA processing and coordination with the retailer where required.

Should you wish to sign up to a voluntary EPR scheme, wherever in the world you operate, ecoveritas can help.

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Cost Impact Assessments

When seeking to boost compliance, there can be a myriad of organisations you need to talk to and a range of financial implications that require analysis.

Let ecoveritas take the strain!

Our experienced team offers the ability to outsource this work by collecting and collating compliance quotes for you including:

Cost assessment of the forthcoming plastic packaging tax related to recycled content

This can range from using our free, easy to use Plastic Tax Calculator to a bespoke assessment incorporating collecting your recycled content figures, applying industry averages or providing specific cost implication data for various packaging types.

Full net costs of compliance with new Packaging Regulations entering into force in 2023

ecoveritas can provide a full cost estimate of total compliance costs based on consultation information and market pricing data.

Deposit Return Schemes (DRS)

ecoveritas offers high level cost estimates for incoming DRS regulations based on consultation information and drinks unit sales data.

Packaging Waste Recovery Notes (PRN)

ecoveritas works with your team to identify PRN obligation costs by product group enabling you to focus on packaging reductions in those areas that are hotspots in the PRN bill.

Make managing compliance easy and efficient with ecoveritas!

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Alternatively use this simple plastic tax calculator and then discover our range of services to support you in minimising your future liability:

Plastic Packaging Tax Data Management

Effective April 2022, the UK Government has implemented a Plastic Tax levy on UK producers of plastic packaging, importers of plastic packaging, business customers of producers and importers of plastic packaging and consumers who buy goods in plastic packaging in the UK. There is one exemption for producers and importers of small amounts of plastic packaging to mitigate against disproportionate administrative burdens in comparison to the tax liability.

The tax is applied to plastic packaging produced in, or imported into the UK, that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic. Plastic packaging is packaging that is predominantly plastic by weight. Imported plastic packaging is liable to the tax, whether the packaging is unfilled or filled.

The tax is intended to provide a clear economic incentive for businesses to use recycled material in the production of plastic packaging, which will create greater demand for the material and in turn stimulate increased levels of recycling and collection of plastic waste, diverting it away from landfill or incineration.

UK Plastic Packaging Tax

Need to understand what all this means for your business?

Talk to ecoveritas now to calculate your liability.

Alternatively, discover our range of services to support you in minimising your future liability:

Plastic Tax Calculator

A free, easy-to-use, online tool for brands, retailers and their packaging supply partners to input information relating to the amount of plastic packaging manufactured, imported and exported, before generating an estimate of direct costs. Also, calculate potential annual tax savings that could be achieved by increasing the amount of recycled content used in the manufacture of plastic packaging.

UK Plastic Packaging Tax data collection vehicle

We are here to support businesses affected by the Plastic Packaging Tax with our in-depth data collection vehicle. This free resource will help you get started collating the data you need in a user-friendly, easy-to-read way while also identifying gaps. Once you have all the data you need, you can begin calculating your tax liabilities.

This tool will help you understand what data is required and where any gaps might be.

To request your free data collection vehicle, just get in touch!

Horizon Scanning

At ecoveritas, we offer a Horizon Scanning service – a systematic examination of globally available packaging and environmental legislation information to identify potential threats, risks, emerging issues and opportunities for our clients. This service allows better preparedness for our clients and the incorporation of mitigation and exploitation in their business strategies.

Horizon Scanning is all about analysing the future; considering how emerging trends and developments – both in legislation and markets – might potentially affect your current business processes and performance.

Our Horizon Scanning service supports our clients to take a longer-term approach to business planning, as well as create more resilience to future uncertainty. In developing business strategies, ecoveritas Horizon Scanning can help you think out-of-the-box and develop new insights to drive your business forward.

In continency planning, our Horizon Scanning service can also help you manage risk by planning ahead for unlikely, but potentially high impact events, developing alternative future scenarios to protect the business.

Need advice and guidance on how to mitigate future risk? Talk to the ecoveritas team!

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