EPR Scheme: Predictions from The Packaging Industries POV

As the countdown to the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme ticks away, Invopak, one of the UK’s leading B2B wholesale packaging solutions providers, is stepping into the spotlight with their insightful predictions on how the EPR scheme will shape the landscape of the wholesale packaging industry.

The UK government’s commitment to environmental sustainability through the EPR scheme has sparked a wave of anticipation and preparation within the packaging sector. Invopak, with its finger on the pulse of the industry, foresees transformative changes and opportunities that will redefine the way businesses approach packaging.

A Visionary Approach to Sustainable Packaging

Invopak anticipates a significant transformation in the wholesale packaging industry with the implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme. Recognising both regulatory pressures and a growing consumer demand for eco-friendly options, the company foresees a substantial shift towards sustainable packaging solutions. 

This consumer-driven trend, combined with regulatory mandates, is expected to drive businesses towards adopting innovative and eco-conscious packaging materials, positioning Invopak as a leader in fostering sustainability within the wholesale packaging sector. 

“Consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of packaging and the EPR scheme will act as a catalyst for businesses to follow suit. We anticipate an increased demand for eco-conscious packaging solutions as businesses continue to adopt more sustainable practices,” says Scott Sandilands Chief Revenue Officer of Invopak.

Raw Materials, Technology and EPR

EPR fees will be based on how easy a product is to recycle so raw materials and product design will be central to minimising this cost.

Packaging producers are responding already by making packing easier to recycle. There is a trend away from multi-material packaging that is difficult to recycle toward single-material packaging, such as cardboard boxes, plastic buckets and tins. New plastic recycling technology, such as chemical recycling, will also help to minimise the environmental impact of packaging.

“We are entering an era where technology and packaging are converging to create better, more ecologically efficient solutions,” adds Mr Scott Sandilands C.R.O of Invopak.

There has been a big shift in recent years away from soft plastics towards paper-based packaging, and the rigid packaging industry is also responding to environmental pressures. The demand for metal and recycled plastic products is increasing, and regulations such as EPR and the Plastic Packaging Tax are likely to accelerate this shift. In future, it will be essential for businesses to leverage packaging innovations to meet both regulatory requirements and consumer expectations.

The Practical Challenges Facing EPR

The roll-out of EPR has been delayed partly due to the difficulties in recording data and apportioning responsibility. The scheme has recently been pushed back to 2025, giving companies a longer lead time to make sure the right systems are in place.

When EPR is implemented communication across businesses will be essential for compliance. Packaging information will need to be shared between manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to ensure regulatory compliance.

Collaborative Partnerships for Collective Impact

The EPR scheme emphasises the responsibility of producers to oversee the entire lifecycle of their packaging, Invopak foresees a significant increase in collaborative partnerships within the supply chain. 

The company envisions a scenario where businesses unite to not only share resources but also exchange expertise and best practices. This collaborative effort aims to cultivate a culture of collective responsibility, wherein industry players work together to navigate the evolving regulatory landscape and jointly contribute to sustainable packaging practices.

“The EPR scheme challenges businesses to take a holistic view of their packaging lifecycle. We predict that collaborative partnerships will become a cornerstone of success, as companies work together to achieve shared sustainability goals and navigate the evolving regulatory landscape,” notes Mr Scott Sandilands C.R.O of Invopak.

About Invopak

Invopak is a leading supplier of rigid packaging, specialising in plastic, metal, and recycled containers. With over 50 years of industry expertise, they excel in sourcing, stocking, and distributing a diverse range of products globally. 

Renowned for their unwavering commitment to quality, sustainability, and innovation, Invopak provides a comprehensive selection of packaging products along with expert guidance. This empowers businesses worldwide to navigate the dynamic challenges of the industry while fostering a more sustainable future.

For more information, please visit their website: www.invopak.co.uk