Packaging waste: Introduction of Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging – Summary of 2021 consultation responses and Government response

The consultation on the UK-wide Introduction of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging has concluded.
The second UK-wide consultation was launched in March 2021 in conjunction with the UK Government, Scottish Government and Welsh Government. It closed in June 2021 and 1,241 responses were received.

This consultation is held on the DAERA website:

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has ambitious goals to protect our climate, drive green growth and drive down unnecessary waste. Our plans for Extended Producer Responsibility play a key part in delivering those goals. The reforms will implement EPR for packaging from 2024. 

They will move the full cost of dealing with packaging waste from households away from local taxpayers and councils to the packaging producers (applying the ‘polluter pays principle’), giving producers responsibility for the costs of their packaging throughout its life cycle. This will encourage producers to reduce their use of packaging and use packaging which is easier to recycle.

Link to documents

A consultation on Reforms to the Packaging Waste Recycling Note (PRN) and Packaging Waste Export Recycling Note (PERN) Systems and Operator Approval can be accessed via the following link:

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