Following rumours around the delays in recent weeks, Defra published the decision in an update to its guidance on EPR. The update confirms that producers which were originally due start payments to local authorities in October 2024 will now start in October 2025.
However, Defra also confirmed that other EPR timescales “have not changed” meaning producers still must report packaging data in 2023; preparations for EPR roll out should therefore remain unchanged for obligated companies. Producers must also continue to pay fees under the previous regulations.
The update from Defra stated: “There has been a decision to defer extended producer responsibility for packaging fees for one year. This update reflects that, and also explains that other timescales have not changed – producers still have to report packaging data for 2023.
As soon as we can, we will give you an indication of what the material fees will be. These will vary depending on the materials you report.
In future, the waste management fees will also vary depending on how easily the packaging can be recycled. Your fee will be lower if you use packaging that is easier to recycle.”