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Consultation on UK packaging producer responsibility system

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a way of ensuring that producers are financially or operationally responsible for the environmental impacts of their products.

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, with more than 10 million tonnes of packaging waste 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.  

Consultation on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system 

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 is planning a webinar on Packaging EPR on Thursday 20th May. This will be an opportunity to hear more about the consultation and put questions to our expert panel.

To register your interest in attending the webinar and for future updates on our EPR work, please join our mailing list by completing the form below. Further details on the webinar will be available week commencing 10th May 2021.

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