EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY

We are registered with the DFFE as a Producer Responsibility Organisation in terms of the Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations.

EPR and Membership

The final EPR Regulations have been published by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE).  The regulations are effective as from 5 May 2021. All producers have 6 months to register with the DFFE (i.e. by 4th November 2021). To register please visit here. In terms of the regulations, it is mandatory for a Producer to join (become a member) of an approved EPR Scheme/Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) by 5 November 2021 and pay the relevant EPR fee or alternately a Producer can set up their own scheme.

All producers of paper and paper packaging, as per the EPR regulations, are considered ‘obliged industries’ and are encouraged to join an existing PRO such as The Glass Recycling Company for all glass packaging and develop the EPR scheme for their products. By working together to establish infrastructure and alternative systems, the objectives of the EPR legislation and the PRO’s aims can be achieved.

The glass EPR value chain includes but is not limited to:

    As set out in the regulations there are many obligations that must be met by an EPR scheme/PRO on behalf of its Producer members, including but not limited to, determining an EPR fee for paper and packaging materials placed on the South African market, to meet all the scheme objectives, annual minimum recycling targets, life cycle assessments, waste picker obligations and a transformation charter amongst other requirements.

    The Glass Recycling Company is registered with the DFFE as a Producer Responsibility Organisation in terms of the Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations.

    The promulgation of Section 18 of the National Environmental Management Waste Act (NEMWA) has created a level uncertainty for both PROs and Producers. In light of this, we will provide as much guidance and clarity as we can to support you with the process. It is our intention to keep the lines of communication open to ease the process. Should you be uncertain with any aspects of the EPR regulation please raise it with us soonest.

    The Glass Recycling Company is an existing PRO with a 15 year track record and will represent all industry members (brand owners, importers, retailers and packaging manufacturers) that either join now or in the future.

    We encourage new members to join TGRC as soon as possible for you to be included in the consultation process for the development of our EPR Scheme.

    We recommend you engage with us soonest for your glass packaging to discuss our EPR scheme and become a member before the 5 November 2021 deadline. For online membership application please click here.

    Please click here to email us if you require any additional information with regard to joining our EPR Scheme and we will gladly assist.

    We recommend that you familiarise yourselves with the attached government regulations relating to EPR.

    • Gazettes 43879 and 43882 (original gazettes published for EPR 5 November 2020)
    • Gazette 44295 (amendments to original legislation published 19 March 2021 after industry engagement with DFFE)
    • Gazette 44539 (final amendments to original legislation after public consultation)

    EPR Regulations

    Original Gazettes published for EPR

    5 November 2020

    Amendments to Original Legislation Published

    19 March 2021

    Final Amendments to Original Legislation

    19 March 2021

    MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM

    We recommend you engage with us soonest for your glass packaging to discuss our EPR scheme and become a member before the 5 November 2021 deadline. For online membership application please select the “APPLY WITH US” button below.