Defra legislates on packaging data collection ahead of EPR reforms

A Statutory Instrument (SI) has been published in parliament by Defra which outlined how data will be collected and submitted for extended producer responsibility (EPR) reforms.

March 2023 is the latest date packaging producers in England can start data collection ahead of EPR reform implementation in 2024. This data collection will inform the fees paid by producers.

Packaging Waste (Data Reporting) (England) Regulations 2022 – the name of the proposed legislation – will only come into effect in England, although it will also extent to Wales. This will allow the Environment Agency to enforce EPR on producers.