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EPR Compliance in the European Union (EU) and South Africa (SA)

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What is Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)?

EPR stands for Extended Producer Responsibility - a regulation that shifts the government or individuals' responsibility for managing post-consumer waste to the actual producers of products or packaging materials. Under EPR, producers - brands, manufacturers, suppliers, etc. -  are then responsible for the entire lifecycle of their products, including collection, recycling, waste management and proper disposal.

In what regions is EPR most popular?

Today, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is most prevalent in the European Union (EU) and South Africa (SA). EPR  is an important environmental policy that seeks to promote sustainable waste management and encourage producers to take responsibility for the end-of-life treatment of their products. The EPR principle is embedded in several EU and SA directives, such as the Waste Framework Directive, Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, WEEE Directive, and the National Environmental Management Waste Act.

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What companies are most affected by EPR?

Under the EPR legislation framework, various companies and industries are required to comply with specific regulations based on the products they manufacture or distribute. Some examples of companies that typically have to comply with EPR obligations in the EU and SA include:

  • Producers or importers of packaging materials and packaged goods. This includes manufacturers of food and beverage products, household items, electronic devices, cosmetics, etc.
  • Electrical and electronic equipment manufacturers or importers.
  • Batteries and accumulators manufacturers or importers.
  • Automotive manufacturers or importers.
  • Furniture manufacturers or importers.
  • Plastic product manufacturers.
  • Paper product manufacturers.
  • Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs)

Track waste streams, full circle

BanQu helps recycling, packaging, and materials (plastic, PET, etc.) companies track their upstream and downstream data so they can secure their supply while fully complying with relevant compliance standards, such as Extended Producer Responsibility certificates.

The Coca-Cola Foundation leverages BanQu for full traceability and EPR compliance of its high-value recyclables.

"The Coca-Cola Foundation maintains a vision of a world without waste, which requires traceable collection and recycling. BanQu’ has improved visibility and transparency at every portion of our supply chain, all the way down to the waste collectors and aggregators."

— David Drew, Sustainability Director at Coca-Cola Africa

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The Coca-Cola Foundation maintains a vision of a world without waste, which requires traceable collection and recycling. BanQu’s platform has powered us to improve visibility and transparency at every portion of our supply chain, all the way down to the waste collectors and aggregators.

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