Extended Producer Responsibility

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an important policy instrument for the transition towards a circular economy. With EPR producers and importers get the responsibility for the structure, execution and financing of an intake and processing for used products. This creates incentives for circular product design, prevention of waste, minimum material use, high quality reuse and recycling. In the Netherlands, this has been a great success so far and stimulated the collecting and recycling of discarded products very well. Currently there is EPR for car wrecks, car tires, electronics, packaging material, batteries, paper, cardboard and window glass and there are plans for disposables, furniture and textile too for example. The sessions will be led by Herman Huisman, a senior advisor of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water management on EPR and an international expert in this field.

Session 1: EPR for Electronics

Wecycle is a Dutch PRO (and member of the European WEEE forum), established and governed by producers and importer that fulfils al the requirements set by law on behalf of their member (organizing collection, transportation, recycling, reporting and awareness raising) for WEEE products. They cooperate with local governments, producers and consumers and have close to 20 years of experience with this task. In this session the conditions for an effective systems for collection, recycling, the sales of secondary raw material and consumer participation will be discussed with the experts in this field. Feel free to add to the discussion and ask the experts to become one yourself!

Session 2: EPR for packaging material
Waste Fund

Afvalfonds Verpakkingen (‘Packaging Waste Fund’) was established by producers and importers to collectively meet the extended producer responsibilities as stated in the Packaging Decree and Packaging Agreement. It is a not-for-profit organisation (PRO, producers responsibility organisation) governed by a board of directors, who are themselves appointed by producers and importers.

The main goal of Afvalfonds Verpakkingen is to implement the Packaging Agreement. To achieve this goal, they focus on the coordination and implementation of various tasks such as: establishing and maintaining a waste management system to achieve national recycling targets; working with municipalities and other parties to compensate for the collection or processing of (separated) waste packaging. Moreover, the Waste Fund also contributes to the minimisation of packaging litter; monitoring and reporting on the usage, collection, and re-use of packaging materials; and establishing the rates, and collecting contributions from producers and importers. Are you looking for sustainable solutions for packaging material? Subscribe for this breakout session to learn all about it from the experts!