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Extended producer responsibility for packaging

Denmark must be greener. That is why a broad majority in the Danish Parliament decided in September 2022 that from January 1, 2025, fillers and importers of packaging in more than 41,000 Danish companies will be responsible for the collection and recycling of their packaging waste.

A lot of issues around extended producer responsibility are still unresolved, as only the overall legislation is in place.

During 2023 and 2024, executive orders for producer responsibility will be issued and companies/organizations will be able to apply for recognition as collective schemes.

This page is therefore regularly updated.

What is extended producer responsibility?

- Extended producer responsibility covers both household and commercial waste.

- The Ministry of Environment expects that around 41,000 Danish companies will be affected.

- Companies have the option of joining a collective scheme that will take care of administrative and practical tasks, including the IT platform GS1 and VANA have just agreed on.

- Businesses will be obliged to register in producer registers and to collect and treat the packaging.

- Companies will also be obliged to report the amount of packaging placed on the market in Denmark. Depending on an as yet undefined de minimis threshold.

The legislation behind extended producer responsibility

According to EU Directive (EU 2018/852), all EU countries must introduce extended producer responsibility on packaging by 2025.

This was adopted when the EU Waste Directive and the Packaging and Electronics Directives were revised to prevent waste generation and increase recycling.

The EU Directive leaves room for national adoption in countries' legislation and you may therefore see different implementations of extended producer responsibility.

The European Commission has made proposals for more harmonization across national borders, as well as more consumer information on the material composition and recycling potential of packaging. However, this has not yet been adopted.


Extended producer responsibility and GS1

GS1's standards for data sharing through GDSN already today contribute to the sharing of standardized product master data such as weight and packaging type.

Link to GDSN page.

GS1 also disseminates consumer communication standards through QR codes or barcodes.

Want to know more?

Questions about GS1Trade Sync?

To get started using GS1Trade Sync to manage your packaging data, contact our Member Services team

Questions about GS1'swork on EPR?

For more information on GS1 Denmark's work on extended producer responsibility, please contact Marie Thea Larsen

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