Common minimum requirements needed for extended producer responsibility say industry groups

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Trade bodies representing sectors including packaging, batteries, waste electronics and tyres have called for common minimum requirements for extended producer responsibility (EPR) across Europe.

As part of the circular economy package from the EU, bodies including EUROPEN, EPBA, LightingEurope and ETRMA have called for common binding minimum requirements for their members.

EUROPEN managing director Virgina Janssens said: “Our common requirements are valid across the different waste streams and EPR compliance models in Europe.

“However, where appropriate, these common rules will need to be complemented with sector specific EPR legislation addressing our specific market challenges and supply chains structures.

“For instance, EPR and its implementation will also need to be embedded in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, respecting the lifecycle approach and the internal market principle.”