Ministry of Environment and Forestry releases new draft on extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations; would require mechanism to control banned or dangerous substances in products; applies to range of products including plastics, rubber, aluminum, glass, paper and carton
On January 28, 2021, news provider Chemical Watch reported on a revised draft released by Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry regarding regulations on extended producer responsibility (EPR) within the country. According to the regulation, companies that manufacture, import or sell a wide range of consumer products would be required to implement “a mechanism of controlling banned or dangerous substances in products.” This would include plastic and rubber as well as aluminum, glass, paper, and carton products. The regulation would require companies to either independently or jointly create an EPR compliance scheme that also covers minimum targets for reuse, recycling or recovery, as well as logistics for collection and product design guidelines. Companies would need to register their EPR scheme with the appropriate authority in advance. The regulations are described to target “all products and packaging in all phases of their life cycle.” An earlier version of the draft regulation was released for public comment in May 2020.
Food Packaging Forum, 2 February 2021