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Extended producer responsibility for Packaging in Netherlands

In accordance with the decision of the Secretary of State for Infrastructure and Water Management of September 20, 2021, No. IENW/BSK-2021/242116, new rules for collection and reporting are coming into force in the Netherlands to strengthen recycling efforts and reduce packaging waste.


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What the package includes

Products made from various materials, regardless of their composition, that serve purposes such as holding, safeguarding, transporting, delivering, and showcasing goods. These products encompass a wide range, spanning from raw materials to finished goods, and are utilized in the journey from producer to end user or consumer.

Below are some examples:

  • composite packaging;
  • packaging for beverages;
  • constituent packaging components;
  • disposable material and technical resources;
  • packaging for takeout purposes;
  • wrappers or casing for items;
  • packaging designed for multiple uses;
  • packaging bearing a brand identity;
  • distinctive packaging solutions.


Who must register in Netherlands for Packaging

The responsibility system applies to manufacturers and importers who offer goods in packaging within the territory of the Netherlands. This also applies to other market participants who offer products to consumers under their own brand or manufacture packaging and sell it to the end consumer.



If a user sells products on the Dutch market that exceed 50,000 kg of packaging, the company is automatically obliged to register and pay a certain amount to comply with the rules for recycling post-consumer waste.


Registration procedure

In order to comply with the newly introduced rules, the following steps must be taken to register

  1. Go to the Dutch Waste Fund Packaging website (Afvalfonds Verpakkingen);
  2. Log in or create an account;
  3. Provide full information about the company;
  4. Conclude a cooperation agreement;
  5. Report the number of packaging sold on the market;
  6. Collect the contribution according to the packaging material;
  7. Continuation of future cooperation.


Authorized representative

Currently, companies are not required to appoint representatives. However, this requirement may be introduced in the future.


Reporting Deadline

Manufacturers submit an annual report on the implemented production by March 31st each year. Then, based on the provided information, a payment is prepared and sent to the user for payment, with a 30-day allocation for payment.


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Extended producer responsibility for Textile in Netherlands

 The recent Manufacturer Adherence Decree of April 14, 2023 for textile goods asserts that apparel and fabric producers are accountable for the additional handling and readiness for reuse of items distributed in the Netherlands starting from July 1, 2023.

The regulations took effect on July 1, 2023, and manufacturers are advised to register within a suggested period of 6 weeks. Companies should commence the recording of their sales volumes, as obligatory reporting will be enforced in 2024.


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Contents of the textile encompass 

  • Attire like blouses, jumpers, and pants
  • Bedding accessories like quilt covers and bed linens
  • Table coverings including tablecloths
  • Diverse domestic textiles such as hand towels and kitchen cloths


Who is obliged to register in Netherlands

The new EPR regulations in the Netherlands are applicable to all establishments vending textiles. Irrespective of whether they cater to commercial or private clientele, a diverse array of market participants must adhere to the recent guidelines:

  • Dutch manufacturers retailing finalized products to vendors
  • Importers of fabrics
  • Online shops, both Dutch and foreign, operating within the nation
  • Other enterprises involved in the production of end products.

This category excludes providers of raw materials and pre-owned vendors, as their merchandise is already in circulation.



According to the new rules, no threshold is specified in the Netherlands. Therefore, every company and retailer selling textile-related goods must register to comply with these rules.


Registration Process

The registration procedure encompasses the subsequent stages:

  1. In order to comply with these regulations, initial registration must be completed via the EPR Textile portal (UPV Textile) on the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Resources’ website, adhering to all ensuing stipulations provided.
  2. The subsequent step is to register with one of the endorsed producer associations, which undertake the responsibility for adhering to the requisite regulations and finalizing a cooperative pact.
  3. Submission of reports.
  4. Settling the obligatory invoices.


 Authorized Representative

If a producer is situated outside the Netherlands and is not registered, they must designate a legal or natural entity registered within the Netherlands as an accredited representative. This representative will shoulder the responsibilities on the manufacturer’s behalf concerning compliance with the regulations outlined in the Extended Producer Accountability Edict. The authorized representative must meet the criteria specified in ministerial regulations.


Reporting Deadline

Representatives and enterprises operating in the Dutch market who wish to adhere to the regulations on recycling and disposal must present an annual report on products marketed in the industry by August 1, 2024.


Fines and Penalties

In accordance with the Dutch Environmental Management Act, enforcement can be carried out both through administrative measures and legal prosecution.


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Extended producer responsibility for EEE in Netherlands

As per the WEEE Regulations implemented by the Dutch government on 10.12.2020, manufacturers or importers bear a degree of responsibility for handling waste produced by products that have been introduced to the market or are slated for introduction.


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What the EEE encompasses

  • Heat exchange equipment
  • Devices with displays, monitors, and screens exceeding 100 cm²
  • Illumination apparatus
  • Large-sized equipment (any external dimension surpassing 50 cm)
  • Compact apparatus (no external dimension surpassing 50 cm)
  • Small IT and telecommunication devices (no external dimension surpassing 50 cm)


Who must register for EEE in Netherlands

All enterprises involved in the importation, vending, or production of electronic and electrical equipment or the recycling of electrical waste in the Netherlands are obligated to adhere to the regulations for end-of-life waste management and disposal.



There exist no thresholds. Each enterprise engaged in activities associated with electrical and electronic equipment must conform to the rules of extended producer responsibility.


EPR Registration process

To adhere to the EPR regulations, you must follow these steps:

  1. Enroll in the Dutch National WEEE Register to obtain an EPR certificate with the EPR identification number.
  2. Companies or entrepreneurs can enlist with the collective compliance system (Producer Responsibility Organization) to mitigate their compliance commitments.
  3. Present yearly reports.
  4. Gather contributions.
  5. Maintain operations with a sense of integrity.


Authorized representative

There are no requirements. Foreign companies that trade in electrical equipment in the Netherlands and wish to comply with the EPR rules can register themselves.


Reporting Deadline

Yearly reports regarding the sales of electronic products should be furnished by July 1. However, the compliance organization can establish its own cutoff, given that the Producer Responsibility Organization will be responsible for the companies to the state.


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