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EC4P Guides Updated for 2023

UK Packaging EPR Reform Guide

August 15th, 2023

Enrolment is now open for all large producers with obligations under the new UK Packaging regulations. Download Sphera EC4P's UK Packaging EPR Reform Guide to find out everything you need to know about the changes for producers including where and how to enrol on the governments Report Packaging Data (RPD)  portal.

In November 2022 DEFRA (UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) published initial Draft Legislation for a new Packaging EPR regime in the United Kingdom, where producers are to take full responsibility for the costs of packaging waste. This legislation (The Packaging Waste (Data Reporting) Regulation 2023) was published in 2023 and came into force on 28th February 2023.

Highlights from the new guide:

  • Enrolment on the Governments Report Packaging Data (RPD) portal is now open for large producers (as of 16th August 2023). Small producers must enrol via the portal from January 2024.¬†

  • New producer thresholds classifying producers as large or small with the first reporting deadline for large producers 1st October 2023. Those that are classed as small producers have a reporting deadline of 1st April 2024.

  • New packaging fees commence in October 2025, these fees are in addition to PRNs and PERNs.

  • New labelling requirements with most packaging needing the new labels by 31st March 2026.

If your company sells packaged products into Europe, North America or other world markets, ensuring you comply with the requirements in each country can be a daunting task, with a range of risks for non-compliance in each instance, from monetary fines to criminal prosecutions and even imprisonment.