Environmental Compliance Management
Ensuring compliance with Extended Producer Responsibility obligations worldwide.
ECM in a nutshell.
RLG’s Environmental Compliance Management (ECM) solution supports producers in ensuring environmental compliance, particularly for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) obligations, thereby reducing complexity and compliance risks, and allowing producers to focus on their core business.
What EPR is about.
The concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) has been introduced in legislation in the European Union (EU) and other countries since the mid-1990s. It stipulates that producers of certain products, components, or packaging are responsible for taking back and recycling sound disposal. Main waste streams are the waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), batteries, and packaging, but countries have enacted EPR legislation for textiles, tires, or oils.
Producers and importers of obligated products face a complex regulatory environment and a considerable choice of compliance schemes to fulfill their EPR obligations in all markets. Take the example of selling a mobile phone in all EU member states. The producer has to review WEEE, battery, and packaging regulations in 27 countries, potentially requiring him to register with up to 81 different compliance schemes and regularly submitting put-to-market reports to these schemes.
In recent years authorities have been getting more and more strict on enforcing responsibilities on obligated companies. In addition, reporting requirements have become increasingly complex, especially in the field of packaging. Failing to meet EPR requirements can result in high fines, sales bans and severely affect the brand image.