Following on from the Government’s Waste & Resource Strategy and review of Producer Responsibility, the Government recently launched the second phase of consultations on Extended Producer Responsibility and Deposit Return Scheme. The consultations close on 4th June 2021.
The following are links to access these consultations:
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) will replace the existing “Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations”. Under EPR the producers of packaging will pay the FULL COSTS of dealing with the waste they produce (including collection, recycling and disposal). It is proposed to introduce EPR in 2023 through a phased approach, which will involve compiling new data in 2022.
Deposit return scheme (DRS): a deposit return scheme for drinks containers is proposed to come into force in the UK (except Scotland) in 2023, although there is a possibility it could be delayed until 2024 due to Covid-19 pandemic.
In Scotland, following a successful trial, legislation is planned to go-live in Scotland on 1st July 2022; although the Cabinet Secretary announced in March an independent Gateway Review into the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the go-live date.
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