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EPR regulations in the UK: current obligations for retailers in relation to packaging

EPR regulations in the UK: current obligations for retailers in relation to packaging

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a European regulation that makes manufacturers, importers and companies responsible for the life cycle of their products and packaging in accordance with the polluter-pays principle. EU countries can interpret the EPR regulations differently, which is why your obligations may vary from country to country. If you are shipping goods to the UK, you should therefore familiarize yourself with the exact regulations in the country in advance in order to avoid sanctions and be compliant. In the following article, we will give you an overview of the current EPR obligations in the UK and take a look at upcoming changes.

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Textile EPR in Europe: an opportunity for a greener future in fashion

Textile EPR in Europe: an opportunity for a greener future in fashion

The textile industry is one of the largest and most influential economic sectors in the world, but also one of the most environmentally damaging. The ever-increasing production of textiles brings with it ecological problems. A sustainable textile industry therefore requires circular solutions in production and recycling. In its EU strategy for sustainable and recyclable textiles, the European Commission presents measures to promote the sustainable handling of textile waste in line with extended producer responsibility (EPR). In the following article, we take a look at the EU’s proposals and the initial implementation of textile EPR in various countries.

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PPWR update: an overview of recent developments

PPWR update: an overview of recent developments

The European Union wants to implement more measures to promote sustainable packaging solutions. This is reflected in the currently hotly debated draft of the Packaging & Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), which was presented in November 2022. This regulation contains binding rules for packaging and packaging waste in the European single market and significantly expands the existing EU directives. However, the PPWR is not yet a done deal; it still has a few hurdles to overcome before it finally comes into force. We will keep you up to date on the latest status in this article.

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EPR systems for packaging in comparison: a country overview

EPR systems for packaging in comparison: a country overview

In the EU, retailers and manufacturers who place products on the market are subject to certain environmental responsibilities. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a way of obliging companies to take responsibility for the entire life cycle of their products. This includes not only the product itself, but also all packaging and (product) components put into circulation that are disposed of by end consumers. The exact areas covered by the EPR vary from country to country. In this article, we take a look at the EPR in the area of packaging and shed light on what exactly the requirements mean, how they are implemented in practice and how the requirements differ from country to country within the EU.

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When will Italy introduce the single-use plastic tax?

When will Italy introduce the single-use plastic tax?

The introduction of the single-use plastic tax in Italy was originally planned for July 2020. It has now been postponed for the sixth time and is due to come into force on 1 July 2024. The tax aims to tax single-use packaging and plastic products. In this article, we explain what legal changes retailers can expect for their shipments to Italy as a result of the introduction of the tax.

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EPR obligations in Poland: volume threshold and registration obligation

EPR obligations in Poland: volume threshold and registration obligation

Since 13 June 2013, the handling of packaging waste in Poland has been regulated by the Act on Packaging and Packaging Waste Management (Journal of Laws 2019.542). Among other things, it sets out requirements for packaging, the handling of packaging waste and regulations regarding recycling fees. This means that companies in Poland are subject to extended producer responsibility (EPR). The EPR regulations are intended to ensure that companies take responsibility for the disposal of their packaging and thus contribute to the promotion of the circular economy. The EPR entails obligations regarding the handling of a company’s own products and packaging. In the following article, we shed light on what you need to consider as a retailer on the Polish market.

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