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What is Extended Producer Responsibility and what will the cost be to suppliers?

Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging is coming. What does this mean for your business?

What is Extended Producer Responsibility and how much will it cost suppliers?

The Government is currently consulting on plans to push the full cost of collecting household waste from taxpayers onto producers through the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme.

The government have estimated that the cost to obligated companies will be approximately £2.7 billion per annum. When you consider the current packaging waste regulations cost approximately £250m per annum, this means that your costs could rise by a factor of TEN!

The Government’s view is that EPR is an established policy approach adopted by many countries around the world, across a broad range of products and materials. It gives producers an incentive to make better, more sustainable decisions at the product design stage including decisions that make it easier for products to be re-used or recycled at their end of life.

BHETA encourages all members to attend our webinar with Paul Van Danzig at Wastepack to hear more about EPR and respond to the consultation.

Have your say …

DEFRA has launched a second consultation which sets out their proposals for the introduction of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging. They are seeking views from across the industry, as well as members of the public, on how the scheme will function.  We strongly urge you to take part in this consultation and more details and a link to the consultation is below:

EPR Details and Consultation

Wastepack webinar

To find out in detail about the wider implications of the Governments proposals and to look at some of the pertinent points of the consultation, BHETA’s packaging compliance partner; Wastepack, are holding a webinar for members on Tuesday 11th May at 2pm.

This is a great opportunity for you to gather your thoughts before responding to the consultation. Follow the link below to register your place:


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