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:
- 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.
Find everything you need to know about EPR in South Africa here.