Packaging plays a vital role in protecting products and ensuring they reach customers in good condition. However, with the ever-increasing environmental impact packaging has on the UK and the rest of the world, changes were needed. As a result, the whole regulated system is being overhauled to make producers more accountable for their recyclability and recycling of packaging.
The UK government has replaced the existing packaging legislation (The UK Packaging Waste Regulations 2007) with the aim to reduce waste and promote sustainability. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is being phased in and these reforms represent the most significant change to the Producer Responsibility (Packaging Waste) Regulations since their implementation in 1997.
Under this new scheme, there will be significant changes to many obligated businesses as the onus is now transferred to the producers who will be responsible for the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging – known as full net cost recovery. This will incentivise producers to reassess the packaging they use and ensure materials used are recyclable.
If you believe your Business needs to comply with EPR or you’re already obligated under the current system and need advice on how to make the transition from old to new, part of our wider RPS team is Faye Anderson, RPS Compliance, who will be happy to help you with any queries and support. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07731931563.