If you are a brand owner, retailer and/or manufacturer of packaging and products, you are impacted by Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) fees and/or taxes. **Tickets must be bought alongside a 2-day conference ticket**
This workshop will take a closer look at what extended producer responsibility schemes in different parts of the world truly cost – including programs in Canada, Asia and Europe. It will evaluate what these programs cost on a per capita basis and how they have changed as new policies are introduced, including the revised Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive in Europe and movements to full EPR in parts of Canada.
Fees are altering as new studies arise that require the actual costs of recycling different materials to be incorporated into EPR schemes. There are also movements to add more eco-modulated fees that give producers credit for using recycled content and penalties for disruptive packaging designs. Such fees also highlight the requirement to understand what is considered “recyclable” in each country. Modified fees send signals to producers about packaging design, and this session will discuss why companies must have an in-depth understanding of fees in order to integrate them into the cost of goods and reflect them in their design protocol.
Attendees will also learn about tools that are available to help companies measure their sustainability goals (i.e. Ellen MacArthur Foundation reporting). The workshop will exemplify how these tools allow companies to use data from fee reports to automatically calculate both internal and external sustainability metrics such as greenhouse gas emissions, recycled content percentages, packaging-to-product ratios and more.
Agenda to cover:
• Investigating the true cost of packaging EPR on a per capita basis
• How the rise of eco-modulated fees impact packaging design
• How major changes in worldwide EPR programs will affect the global environmental packaging industry moving forward