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Defra meets with businesses about EPR data

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) held a webinar on 23 November to take obligated businesses through their requirements under extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging from January.

EPR will move the full cost of dealing with packaging waste from households away from taxpayers and councils to packaging producers, giving them responsibility for the costs of their packaging throughout its lifecycle.

The delayed EPR reforms come into force on 1 January 2023, when businesses will need to start collecting data on packaging waste. In signs the department is stepping up the roll-out of EPR, Defra also published a statutory instrument in parliament on the same day,  setting out that businesses must legally record data for the EPR reforms from March 2023 at the latest or January if they have it