Packaging waste: introduction of Extended Producer Responsibility

Consultation opened on 24 March 2021. Closing date 04 June 2021.


This consultation is now closed.
The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking views on plans to introduce Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging in the UK alongside England, Scotland and Wales. This consultation will run in tandem with the consultation on proposals to introduce a deposit return system for drinks containers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our plans to introduce Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging.

This will mean that packaging producers pay the full cost of managing packaging once it becomes waste in line with the “polluter pays” principle. It will incentivise the use of more recyclable materials, reducing the amount of hard to recycle packaging placed on the market. Extended Producer Responsibility also gives producers an incentive to make better, more sustainable decisions at the product design stage including decisions that make it easier for products to be re-used or recycled at their end of life.

We want to know what you think about proposals on how the new scheme will operate, including:

  • system design
  • system governance
  • producer obligations
  • implementation timelines
  • how the system will be enforced
    We are seeking views from across the industry, as well as members of the public, on how the scheme will function to ensure it achieves the desired outcomes. Responses to this consultation will help inform final policy decisions on key aspects of the scheme, such as governance, recycling targets and implementation timelines.
    This consultation is held on the Defra website:

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