Extended Producer Responsibility

Are you considering how your business operations might be impacted by forthcoming changes to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) systems?

EPR has the potential to be a key mechanism that supports a move towards a circular economy.

As leading experts in EPR, we are extremely well placed to help businesses understand and navigate the complexities of EPR systems adopted by governments around the world.

We have supported national governments and advocacy groups make a case for updating and improving existing EPR schemes, and introducing new EPR schemes covering specific items, along with supporting mechanisms such as taxes that together:

  • Ensure adequate cost-coverage;
  • Incentivise high levels of recycling;
  • Encourage the uptake of high levels of recycled content;
  • Stimulate innovation, including a shift to a service model prioritising durability and reuse; and
  • Make sure, as far as is practically possible, that costs are borne in a way that is equitable.

We work on EPR in numerous sectors, including packaging, electronic and electrical items, batteries, textiles, mattresses, carpets and end-of-life vehicles, and have carried out ground-breaking research into the problems posed to EPR schemes through the growth in online sales and the ways in which this issue can be addressed.

In addition, we provide compliance services around ensuring that current EPR obligations are met across markets, advising on the choice of producer responsibility organisations (PROs), collating and validating data, and submitting that data to the relevant PROs for packaging, WEEE and batteries.

To find out how we can help you to be compliant, and understand the impact of forthcoming changes to EPR systems on your business operations, contact Mark Hilton.