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Updates to packaging EPR in Ontario
by Rachel Langhill at 13:31 in Emerging, Environmental, Packaging

Updates to packaging EPR in Ontario

Under a regulation from the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act of 2016, which was recently approved, producers of packaging and printed paper in Ontario will be required to assume full financial and operational responsibility for collecting, managing and financing designated materials, which up until now only required producers to contribute 50% f...

EPR in APAC - how does EPR system develop?
by Jianhong Hu at 15:51 in Packaging, Content, Emerging

This blog is part of a wider series from Lorax EPI, taking a deep dive into the current and future landscapes for packaging extended producer responsibility​ (EPR) regulations on a global scale.Due to the uneven social and economic development in the Asia Pacific region (APAC), the EPR legislation progress in APAC presents a large variety. This post will ...

EPR in APAC - how does EPR system develop?

EPR in Africa - what to expect in the next few years
by Rachel Langhill at 15:33 in Circular Economy, Environmental, Packaging

EPR in Africa - what to expect in the next few years

​This blog is part of a wider series from Lorax EPI, taking a deep-dive into the current and future landscapes for packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations on a global scale.At this time, minimal mandatory packaging EPR exists in Africa, though some countries are now entering the early stages of implementing such regulations. With Sout...

Packaging EPR in the USA – What to expect as a producer
by Rachel Langhill at 17:43 in Content, Emerging, Packaging

This article was updated on 16th July.​On 12th July, Maine's governor signed a bill to establish a statewide packaging EPR program into law, and a similar bill in Oregon passed through both the House and Senate and is just one step away from being signed into law. This means that the first packaging EPR schemes will soon come into force in the USA. So, wh...

Packaging EPR in the USA – What to expect as a producer

EPR in APAC - which territories already have EPR in place?
by Jianhong Hu at 14:39 in Packaging, Content, Emerging

EPR in APAC - which territories already have EPR in place?

​This blog is part of a wider series from Lorax EPI, taking a deep dive into the current and future landscapes for packaging extended producer responsibility​ (EPR) regulations on a global scale.Due to the uneven social and economic developments​​, the EPR legislation progress in the Asia Pacific region (APAC) presents a large variety. This post will give...

EPR in North America - where is it going?
by Rachel Langhill at 18:43 in Content, Emerging, Packaging

This blog is part of a wider series from Lorax EPI, taking a deep-dive into the current and future landscapes for packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations on a global scale.When it comes to packaging EPR in North America, legislation tends to be regionally focused rather than nationally captured. In Canada, several provinces have varyi...

EPR in North America - where is it going?

EPR around the world - where is it going?
by Annis Mapleston at 09:39 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging

EPR around the world - where is it going?

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) was first introduced ​in the 1990s.​ The main objectives of EPR legislation are typically to ensure that the cost of waste management is covered by the businesses that are producing the waste, and to incentivise good environmental design decisions.​ Packaging EPR is becoming ​increasingly common​ around the world, w...

EPR reporting - how complicated can it be?
by Annis Mapleston at 14:24 in Packaging, WEEE, Environmental

​Virtually every EPR compliance scheme in the world requires some form of regular reporting - maybe only once a year, but potentially every month. Some reports are relatively simple, but others can be significantly more complicated. So what information do schemes want?At the most basic level, schemes need the same information:Number/type of product plac...

EPR reporting - how complicated can it be?

Lorax EPI endorses the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's EPR position statement
by Rachel Langhill at 14:57 in Circular Economy, Environmental, Packaging

Lorax EPI endorses the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's EPR position statement

Lorax EPI is pleased to be involved in endorsing the position statement released by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation today (15th June) for packaging Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).It has become clear that we need a circular economy for packaging materials in which they never become waste or litter in our environment. Packaging that cannot be elimina...

Are you prepared for new EU single-use plastic labelling requirements?
by Rachel Langhill at 17:08 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging

The EU Single-Use Plastics Directive, which was passed by the EU Commission in May 2019, enacts bans on certain single-use products, recycled content targets for some plastics and measures to reduce plastic food and beverage containers. It also requires Member States to ensure that national laws mandate new labels for sanitary towels, wet wipes, tobacco f...

Are you prepared for new EU single-use plastic labelling requirements?

PCR content requirements in the EU: How are they progressing?
by Jianhong Hu at 15:51 in Circular Economy

PCR content requirements in the EU: How are they progressing?

​PCR Content and Its BenefitsPost-consumer recycled content (PCR) refers to material that is made from items recycled by consumers. Usually, recyclable items such as plastics, metals and cardboards/paper are collected by the local recycling program and transported to facilities for sorting based on material type. Recycled bales will then be purchased and ...

EPR fees, taxes and levies - what's the difference?
by Annis Mapleston at 12:43 in Circular Economy, Environmental

​Countries (and regions) around the world are considering how best to reduce packaging waste. Typically, they are applying one or more of three options: bans, EPR fees or taxes and ​levies. A ban is straight-forward enough, but what's the difference between EPR fees, taxes and the EU plastics levy?EPR feesA fee paid to cover the cost of waste management...

EPR fees, taxes and levies - what's the difference?

Washington bill for recycled content and plastic bans passes into law
by Rachel Langhill at 20:00 in Content, Environmental, Packaging

Washington bill for recycled content and plastic bans passes into law

​On 17 May 2021, the Governor of Washington State signed a bill into law which bans several expanded polystyrene items, mandates post-consumer recycled content in certain packaging and requires some producer reporting.By 1 April 2022 and annually thereafter, producers of plastic trash bags, plastic beverage containers and household cleaning and personal c...

Do you know how to label your product packaging in South Korea?
by Jianhong Hu at 10:56 in Packaging

​Per the Act on the Promotion and Saving and Recycling Resources, after the packaging recyclability evaluation, all packaging in South Korea needs to be labelled appropriately by December 2021. Here comes the question: What are the requirements of labelling?Separate Discharge Mark RequirementThe use of a separate discharge mark is mandatory for a list of ...

Do you know how to label your product packaging in South Korea?

EPR - what does it all mean?
by Annis Mapleston at 16:00 in Environmental, Packaging, Circular Economy

EPR - what does it all mean?

​Like many topics, the concept of extended producer responsibility comes with an often confusing range of acronyms and highly specific terminology. But what does it all mean? In this post, we look at some of the most frequently used terms and phrases.​Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)The concept of producers being responsible for the waste generate...

Lorax EPI's recent workshop on global packaging EPR developments
by Rachel Langhill at 18:12 in Circular Economy, Content, Packaging

Last week, the Lorax EPI team gave a workshop on global packaging EPR developments as part of the Sustainability in Packaging US 2021 Conference. Our presenters took some time to investigate the true costs of packaging extended producer responsibility on a per-capita and per-product basis as well as discuss major changes in worldwide EPR programs that wil...

Lorax EPI's recent workshop on global packaging EPR developments

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