New Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) plans revealed for clothing and textiles


18/12/20. New EPR legislation for clothing and textiles is scheduled to come into force in Sweden on 1st January 2022. This will  will be phased in over several years. The quantity of textiles in residual waste will be reduced by 90%. with ‘licensed textile collections’ starting on 1st January 2024. At least 90 per cent of the textile waste collected by the new system will be reused or recycled. The legislation will apply to clothes, household textiles, bags and accessories, and the obligation to separate textile waste from other waste will affect all Swedish households and all businesses that produce textile waste. Read more here

The Netherlands government has committed to formulating a proposal for EPR for clothing and textiles. It has asked relevant trade bodies todevelop a proposal and will also undertake a feasibility study on prevention, reuse and recycling of textiles, the costs, (differentiated) rates and phasing new standards. The feasibility work will help further inform the discussions around an EPR scheme. It will also serve as the basis for a fully statutory scheme, if the proposal that trade bodies are working on does not materialise or does not develop fast enough.  

Representatives from Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the retail industry have declared in favour of bringing textiles under an EPR regime in the United Kingdom. Both told a government inquiry that textiles should be next in line for EPR after its intended extension to packaging. The Textiles 2030 agreement is seen as a starting point - for addressing carbon reduction and circularity in the sector.

These developments follow France's EPR for Textiles Regulation (since 2007) and the EcoTLC compliance organisation which places a tariff on new textile products to contribute to the collection and recovery of textiles.