Extended Producer Responsibility or EPR is a policy wherein the producers are responsible for disposal of products that they produce once those products are deemed no longer useful by consumers.
And now the Dutch textile and clothing sector may see EPR soon!
In order to ensure more reuse, less waste and less pollution especially with regard to textiles and apparels, Dutch State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven recently wrote a letter to lower house of the Dutch House of Representatives.
The letter distinctly stated that the producers of clothing in The Netherlands will be responsible for the collection, recycling, reuse and waste phase of products they place on the market.
Introduction of EPR in country’s textile and apparel sector would also mean that producers must also finance this logistics system.
Notably, till now municipalities have been responsible for the collection and cost of discarded textiles from their residents.
However, once EPR is implemented, clothing producers will bear costs of waste management – providing financial incentive for higher quality apparels. This will also help in better reusing and recycling of clothes.
Implementation of EPR in Dutch apparel and textile sector is also seen as a part of Government’s objectives to having a circular economy by 2050 in which there will be no textile waste.
France and Sweden have already introduced similar legislation and if the Dutch proposal gets approved by both houses of parliament, then The Netherland’s apparel sector too will be accountable for all discarded clothes.
Revenue in the Dutch apparel market amounts to US $ 16,217 million in 2021, and the market is expected to grow annually by 4.74 per cent (CAGR 2021-2025).
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