Extended producer responsibility for packaging in Denmark: A new chapter begins!

Herstellerverantwortung für Verpackungen in Dänemark

From 1 July 2025, a new era in waste management will be ushered in in Denmark: extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging is coming. In concrete terms, this means that from this date, manufacturers will be obliged to ensure that their packaging is recycled. Denmark is the last country in the EU to implement the overarching EU Packaging Directive EU Directive 94/62/EC.

Contents of the new EPR law in Denmark

The Danish parliament has passed the EPR Directive for packaging and single-use plastic products. One major change is the redistribution of costs: what was previously borne by citizens will now be passed on to manufacturers. They will now have to bear the costs of collecting and sorting household waste and participate in programs to reduce packaging waste and promote recycling. It is estimated that around 41,000 companies will be affected by this regulation. In addition, charges will be introduced for the disposal of single-use plastic.

There is some relief for smaller manufacturers: Companies that produce less than 8 tons of packaging per year will have to provide less detailed information. This regulation will be reviewed again in 2027.

Important deadlines for companies

Companies that place packaging on the market in Denmark should take note: Registration in the manufacturer register and the quantity notification must take place between 1 April and 1 September 2024.

Implementation of producer responsibility

Manufacturers can fulfill their responsibility either individually or by participating in collective packaging systems. These systems must cover all types of packaging and operate nationally. The existing Danish system for electronic and battery waste will be extended to also monitor packaging.

 

The background to the new regulation

This policy decision aims to identify those in the value chain who have the greatest influence on packaging design. It is an important step towards improving waste management and recycling in Denmark and strengthening the circular economy.

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