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Consultation on a new UK packaging Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme

This consultation closed on 4 June.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging ensures that the producers pay for the full cost of dealing with packaging at the end of its life. This will help ensure increased packaging recyclability. Nearly 1 in 5 tonnes of material flowing through the Scottish economy is waste, highlighting how linear our economy is. Material consumption in Scotland is responsible for over two thirds (74%) of Scotland’s carbon footprint. More than 10 million tonnes of packaging waste is produced every year in the UK.  A substantial part of packaging waste ends up in landfill, two-thirds of which could instead be recovered, resulting in avoidable environmental costs.

In a recent poll for Zero Waste Scotland, 77% of Scots expressed concern at the amount of single-use packaging we use in Scotland.  

A UK packaging EPR scheme can help to reduce these environmental impacts:

EPR Packaging Benefits


Consultation on a new UK packaging extended producer responsibility scheme

The Scottish Government, along with the UK Government, the Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in Northern Ireland have launched a second stage 10.5 week consultation (24 March to 4 June) on introducing a UK packaging extended producer responsibility system.  

This follows a first stage consultation in 2019.

The consultation document is available here

The Scottish Government has developed a range of Impact Assessments to accompany the consultation which are available as follows:

If you have any questions regarding extended producer responsibility please email: EPR@zerowastescotland.org.uk.

Webinar and news updates

Zero Waste Scotland hosted a webinar on Packaging EPR on Thursday 20th May.. This was an opportunity to hear more about the consultation and put questions to our expert panel.

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