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EPR in South Africa


South Africa’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations aim to extend companies’ financial or physical responsibility for certain identified products to the post-consumer stage of the products, ensuring that the end-of-life of such products is effectively and sustainably managed in order to increase diversion from landfill and encourage a circular economy.

It is now mandatory for producers to register with the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE; formerly Environmental Affairs) on their website and ensure that all identified products are covered by an appropriate Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme. 

Identified sectors are:

  • Lighting
  • Paper, packaging and some single use products
  • Electrical and electronic equipment

The EPR Regulations for South Africa were originally published on 5 November 2020. On 15 January 2021, the Government issued a notice postponing the implementation of the EPR Regulations to 5 May 2021. Amendments to the regulations along with notices were published on 5 May 2021, making the Regulations effective from 5 May 2021. The date for final compliance was revised to 5 November 2021. 2022 is Year 1 of the EPR scheme implementation, reporting and targets.

Obligated Producers must either:

  • Join an existing Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO);
  • Form a new PRO; or
  • Develop and submit to DFFE an independent EPR Scheme for your packaging.

You can find the list of waste management legislation and policies applicable to EPR in South Africa.

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