The government has confirmed the second round of consultations on Extended Producer Responsibility will take place in early 2021.
In advance of the consultations, and given the unprecedented challenges faced by many packaging producers this year, we would like to know how prepared your business is for the changes ahead.
Have your say by taking part in our producer survey
Initially published in December 2018, the UK Resources & Waste Strategy proposed four main areas of reform: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), Deposit Return System, Plastic Tax and consistency of waste collections. The second round of consultations were due to be held in February 2020, but as a result of Brexit, a General Election and now Covid-19, these have been pushed back to 2021.
Questions remain over whether a delay to the consultation will also mean a change to the original implementation date published in the Resources & Waste Strategy, which stated that the changes will come into effect from 2023 (subject to consultation).
We are firmly behind the environmental objectives of reformed producer responsibility, and we are committed to supporting our packaging compliance members as they prepare for the significant adjustments that may be needed as a result of Extended Producer Responsibility.
Many sectors are fully focussed on a recovery from the impacts of this year’s global pandemic, whilst simultaneously preparing for Brexit. We hope that any new legislation considers the state of readiness of UK businesses, allowing all industries to be financially stable to negotiate a greener, more sustainable recovery.