The new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation could be threatened by cost of living crisis.
EPR Plans Under Threat
As the costs of living continues to rise, there is increasing discussion of it’s potential to negatively impact the new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation, as the costs will likely be passed down to consumers.
Industry experts have advised that the £1.1 billion cost given to producers from the new packaging regulations which will most likely keep rising with inflation, need to be carefully thought out before taking any further steps to implement.
Although the scheme recognises producer responsibility in terms of the system and the outcomes, the producers may end up passing the costs onto end users (customers) – not to dissimilar to how Councils use Council Tax as a mechanism for generating funds for specific services. .
“As it stands the EPR is forecast to cost households £41 extra per year, on the basis of 85% of the costs being passed on.
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