EPR Registration

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
for E-commerce Sellers

Your EPR navigator for eco-friendly e-commerce. AVASK has got your back – from understanding the ins and outs of EPR, to keeping your business compliant and green. Our expert team is here to lead you through the entire EPR journey.

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What is EPR?

EPR stands for Extended Producer Responsibility.

It’s a regulatory approach that makes producers responsible for the costs of managing a product’s packaging when it is disposed of at the end of its lifecycle.

Why does EPR matter?

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is significant as it ensures that manufacturers are held accountable for the entire lifecycle of their products. Rather than producing goods and disregarding the subsequent waste, EPR mandates that producers manage their products from inception to end-of-life.

This approach is vital for several reasons: it aids in minimising pollution, conserving natural resources, and safeguarding our environment. Aware of their responsibility for product waste, manufacturers are incentivised to design products that are more recyclable and generate less waste.

Ultimately, EPR is about promoting sustainability and ensuring that businesses play their part in keeping our planet healthy for future generations.

Who’s responsible?

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) flips the script on traditional waste management by placing the responsibility on the shoulders of those who create products: the producers.

This means anyone importing, selling or manufacturing goods in certain jurisdictions are accountable not only for making goods but also for what happens to them once consumers are done using them.

How are the products defined?

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) spans various categories of products, including electronics, packaging, batteries, and textiles, each with distinct considerations and challenges.

  • Electronics addresses the disposal of devices like computers, televisions, and smartphones, ensuring proper handling of valuable materials and hazardous substances.
  • Packaging targets the vast amount of packaging waste generated by consumer goods, aiming to minimize its environmental impact through improved design and recycling programs.
  • Batteries focuses on the safe disposal and recycling of batteries, which can contain toxic chemicals.
  • Textiles addresses the growing issue of textile waste generated by the fashion industry, promoting recycling and reuse to reduce environmental harm.
How does filing for EPR work?

Filing for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) involves a structured process to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

Initially, during the registration process, companies must assess whether their products fall under EPR regulations and determine the applicable legislation based on their geographical selling location and the nature of their products.

Once identified, companies will register with the relevant regulatory authority or a designated organisation responsible for overseeing EPR programs.

This registration process involves a forecasted filing providing detailed estimated information about the types and quantities of products placed on the market, as well as fulfilling initial payments related to the collection, recycling, and disposal of end-of-life products.

Once registered, companies will need to submit periodic reports in relation to their relevant filing frequencies detailing their activity which will then be used to calculate a financial contribution to waste management authorities to cover the cost of the activity performed in certain jurisdictions.

What is DE WEEE?

The DE WEEE (German Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) registration process is a crucial step for manufacturers and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment to comply with legal requirements.

Before placing products on the market in Germany, companies must register with the designated authority and provide detailed information about the types and quantities of electrical and electronic equipment they produce or distribute. This process involves the appointment of an Authorised Representative, Guarantee Provider and a Waste Collection and Processing Facilitator.

This registration ensures that manufacturers and distributors fulfil their obligations under the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act and contribute to financing the collection, recycling, and environmentally sound disposal of electronic waste.

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