Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

 

On 5 November 2020, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) published Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations for the Electronic and Electric (WEEE) sectors. This regulation has significant ramifications for all Producers, Distributors, and Retailers.

Extended Producer Responsibility
applies to the following identified products or class of products:

Producer Obligations

  • Develop and submit an extended producer responsibility scheme according to the Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations 2020
  • Establish a producer responsibility organisation that must develop and submit an extended producer responsibility scheme according to Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations 2020 to the Department.

Extended Producer Responsibility applies to the following identified products or class of products

  • Large equipment (any external dimension more than 100cm)
  • Medium equipment (any external dimension between 50 and 100cm)
  • Small equipment (no external dimension more than 50 cm)
  • Batteries

Download the EPR regulations, regulations pertaining to the e-waste sector, and the lighting sector. On 19 January, the Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries, Ms. Barbara Creecy, postponed the implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations to 5 May 2021.The EPR Regulation (R.1184) requires that existing producers register with DFFE within six months of the amended regulations published on 5 May 21.

eWASA operates under the approval of the Minister for the Environment, Forestry’s and Fisheries (DFFE)  as per Registration no:19/7/6/E/PRO/20210512/001.

What eWASA Does

eWASA is a not for profit organisation committed to delivering cost-effective compliance on behalf of our Producer Members. eWASA represents some of the largest producers of the household electrical and electronic industry who have a Producer responsibility under the proposed EPR regulations 2020 to organise and finance their products’ environmental management at their end of life.

Operational since 2005, eWASA has been the Scheme of choice for a number of Producers in South Africa across all sectors. eWASA is a level 2 BBBEE contributor.

As an existing registered PRO, eWASA will, in consultation with Producers, develop and submit an Industry compliant scheme on their behalf. It is important to the eWASA Scheme that Producers’ views are represented in all of our activities. We wish to take the opportunity to present on both issues and innovation that will arise in this sector as the industry transitions to more circular product and service supply models.

eWASA is poised to deliver a new program to meet the newly published regulations’ challenges, drawing on our experience of the last 15 years. We now need to deliver a transformative Scheme to bring Producers and the e-waste sector in South Africa into the Circular Economy for the next 15 years.

Are you wondering if you are a producer?

Contact us to discuss the eWASA EPR Plan.

Register as a Producer with eWASA.

To register as a producer, follow this link to the SAWIC website.

Member Benefits for Producers

Become a member and benefit from:

  • Certification with a DFFE approved PRO
  • Quality services from collection points for your retail customers
  • Transparent open reporting on financial and operational data  
  • Regular legislative updates, guidance and seminars
  • Compliance support and training for your organisation on request
  • Access to our pan-European partnership networks 
  • Communications and assets to incorporate into your Corporate Social Responsibility reporting
  • eWASA operates under the approval of the Minister for the Environment, Forestry’s and Fisheries (DFFE)  as per Registration no:19/7/6/E/PRO/20210512/001.

And much more!
Please note that a Producer that intends to switch from its existing scheme to a new scheme shall give its existing scheme written notice. Such notice must be received by the Producer’s existing scheme no later than 30 September of the year preceding the year in which that Producer intends to become a member of the new scheme.

EPR FEE STRUCTURE

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